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Olivier Giroud rates Frank Lampard as a manager amid Chelsea sack speculation


Giroud backed Lampard (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Olivier Giroud is enjoying life under Frank Lampard and believes the Chelsea manager has ‘a lot of qualities’ despite being a relative managerial rookie.

Lampard has come under fire after a poor recent run of results and a 3-1 thumping at the hands of Manchester City has put him under fresh pressure.

Rumours that the club legend is heading for the sack have amplified after Chelsea suffered their fourth defeat in their last six Premier League matches on Sunday.

The result has left the club ninth in the table and owner Roman Abramovich has shown in the past that he will be ruthless if he feels Chelsea are heading in the wrong direction.

Indeed, reports claim the Russian billionaire is considering replacing Lampard with another familiar face, Chelsea flop Andriy Shevchenko.

But Giroud is an admirer of Lampard as a manager, and is enjoying working with him.

‘It’s nice to have a young manager so even if he will still learn all through his career, he’s already got a lot of qualities to manage a team,’ the French striker told Stadium Astro.

Lampard has come under fire (Picture: Visionhaus)

‘I wish he could join a bit more in circles to play with us but his knee is not right right now so hopefully will get better soon and we can play with him.

‘He’s got good ideas and for me it’s always nice to have a manager who was a big player, who has won a lot of things.

‘He can always make you improve.’

Lampard brushed off concerns after the latest Premier League defeat, saying: ‘I’m not concerned on that point.

‘I expected periods of difficulty this year, I said it when we beat Leeds and everyone was championing us to be title contenders – I know that it doesn’t come that easy, I know where we’re at.

‘Whether it puts pressure on me is regardless. Because a month ago everyone was asking when I’d sign a new contract, and now people will be saying different things because in quick succession, over a tight, busy period, we’ve lost four games of football.

‘So the pressure remains constant in this job and you know in tough moments that will be there. I didn’t get into this job being unaware of that.

‘My job is to keep working, my job is to try and lift the players who would have felt that in the first half, they would have felt the differences of City and their receiving of the ball and their individual ability to take the ball in tight areas. We’re fighting to try and match those levels and I know it takes time.’


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