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Frank Lampard told senior Chelsea players to step up in crunch meeting

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard held talks with players including Willian and Pedro in the wake of two successive defeats in September.

The meeting was aimed at more experience members of the playing squad, amid mounting pressure on youngsters.

The Daily Mail have claimed that assistant boss Jody Morris was also present at the meeting, which seems to have had an effect on their form.

The Blues have won four games in a row after the apparent get-together, conceding just three goals while scoring 15.

Lampard decided to put pressure on his senior players after fine starts from Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, which he stated before the recent win over Southampton.

He said: ”What you need is a strong group and then you see the leaders come from within it.

“Where we are quite young, the leaders are still going to come and come out of themselves more.

“That comes with a bit of confidence, probably with being around the first team even more.

"It seemed to have become a bit cut and dry [from outside], the young boys and the old boys, but I never saw it that way.

“I always trust in the players and in the squad, and you will rely on them.

"Willian scored two in two, Jorginho's influence and how he is, Azpilicueta club captain and N'Golo Kante, back in and 28 years of age.

“We need all those players and I expect them to deliver and take burdens throughout the season. Hopefully they're doing that."

Another youngster who has forced himself back into Lampard’s plans after injury is Callum Hudson-Odoi, who praised the club for their support over the past few months.

"The club have done so much for me and I'm so thankful for that," he told BBC Sport.

"The decision that I made was a very good one for me and my family. We all thought that it was the right club to be at.

"I've been here all my life, so there's no need to change yet. My mum and dad are happy where they are and I'm happy where I am."




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