‘You use confirmation bias… you try to get a negative reaction’: Fuming Frank Lampard comes out fighting with his job on the line to slam reporters criticising Chelsea in a spiky press conference
- Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat against Leicester put more pressure on Frank Lampard
- Lampard’s side have only won once in their last five Premier League outings
- The Chelsea manager slammed reporters ahead of their FA Cup tie with Luton
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard went on the offensive on Friday, accusing journalists of using ‘confirmation bias’ to try and stoke a negative reaction among fans as pressure swells around his future.
Lampard’s job looks increasingly uncertain after a poor run that has seen Chelsea lose five of their past eight Premier League matches.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Luton, Lampard was asked how vital Petr Cech’s presence is around a squad who look short of confidence.
Frank Lampard and Chelsea are in desperate need of a good result having fallen off the pace
Talk is mounting on Lampard’s future having only won one out of their last five league games
Before insisting Cech is ‘vital’, the coach took exception to the question and some of the press coverage in recent weeks.
‘To be fair, I think their confidence would be shot if they were to read some of the pieces you write at the minute,’ he told the reporter.
‘I read some of them and some of the confirmation bias you always reflect on games with, it’s almost like a social media pundit to try and get a reaction in a negative way.
‘I read the pieces when we were doing well as well and they didn’t go both ways.
‘So for a journalist to be objective would be a big start. Because if the players do read it, I’d feel like that.’
His defiant response came during a difficult press conference which included several questions about the pressure he faced – and the names being linked with his job.
James Maddison helped Leicester to a 2-0 win over Chelsea to pile more pressure on Lampard
Lampard was asked how he shuts out all the noise. He said: ‘I don’t listen to it. It’s only everywhere if you want to go scroll through social media or something. I don’t do that.
‘I’m not stupid, I know the pressure that comes with managing a top football club but I only do my job. So it doesn’t matter to me.’
Lampard added: ‘The pressure is fine. You’re obviously more happy when you’re winning games. I was more happy in November, October than I’ve been in mid-December onwards but it comes with the territory.
‘You can look around the Premier League and can see teams this season that have had problems, teams now that are having problems that aren’t used to having problems. So I just to get on with the job.’
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