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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has spoken out on his future following the Blues 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. The defeat against Pep Guardiola’s side was the Blues fourth defeat in six Premier League games.
Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne helped City win three points, meanwhile Callum Hudson-Odoi scored for the Blues in the dying moments of the game.
Lampard said: “But we have to keep fighting and I am the first one that has to keep fighting.
“I’ll always feel heat and I felt heat when we were on a good run because I knew that round the corner there could be a negative.
“I will never speak for people on the board. I can’t do that. As much as I can’t answer the questions ago if I would get a new contract, as much as I can’t answer now about the difficult run of results. I can only speak as I see it, as the manager of the club.
“There is never going to be an upward trajectory that goes up and up. When we had an unbeaten run of 16 games, great but I still saw the flaws. I still tried to work on them now as I am trying to do now. Nothing can distract me from that.”
Lampard added: “I understand it, I played here for a long time and the minute you lose games in a short period of time, then everyone looks and asks questions.
“The expectations are different this year because everyone says: ‘you spent this amount of money’ when the reality is that a lot of the players who have come in are new, young and have been injured. It’s the first time I’ve been able to play [Hakim] Ziyech, [Timo] Werner and [Christian] Pulisic in the same team.
“If we’re expecting the relationship between them three the same as De Bruyne, [Raheem] Sterling and Bernardo Silva or whoever then those expectations are not real. I am the one being real.
“I was real after Leeds saying we’re not title contenders, I’m real now saying this club has to take some pain to get to where we want to be takes pain. It means pain behind the scenes, pain on the pitch and we have to show character.”