Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has backed Blues boss Antonio Conte after his angry outburst at a pre-match press conference on Friday, the Standard reports.
The 48-year-old rubbished suggestions of former-Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti replacing him, even causing him to swear. Much has been made of the frustrations that got the better of Conte. However, when writing in his column for the Standard, Lampard comprehended the release of emotions from the Italian.
Lampard is quoted by the Standard saying:
“I understood why he spoke out and the players will, too. I don’t think it is a bad thing he showed his emotions. He is a pretty cool headed guy most of the time.”
The tension between Conte and the board is evident after the club’s summer dealings. This off the pitch drama has affected the team’s results in a negative way.
Sadly, any manager or head coach’s job at the club is so high of expectations. Perhaps it’s no surprise there’s a cloud over the future of Conte. Even with the success of his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Hopefully Conte will be all smiles later tonight as we look to secure qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League against Roma.
The English champions need a win and hope Qarabag get a result against Atletico Madrid to book their place in the last 16 of the competition this evening.