Lampard maintains belief in his squad, but reality challenges that

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard claims that he still believes in his squad, despite witnessing them put on the poorest performance of the season yesterday at home to West Ham.

The visitors came to Stamford Bridge; that is anything but a fortress this season, and they took all three points in a 1-0 win that frustrated the Chelsea camp and their supporters.

Lampard, speaking after the game, as reported by Football London, said:

“I still believe in this squad. If you look at this today we made some changes but we didn’t perform the way that we wanted to.

“That will be questions asked of us from the outside, there will be questions I will ask want asked for myself on the inside.

“I do believe in the squad and I think we have shown some great stuff this season.”

Diplomatic response from the Chelsea manager and although he has certainly been over achieving so far this season, the reality is that he really needs to look at overhauling a squad that has been carrying deadwood for too long.

The youngsters coming in have been great, and the management team have injected much needed spirit and happiness back into the team and the fan base.

But the reality is, and Lampard will know it, this team needs to move some of these older players on, and replace them with 3-4 top quality players in positions needed across the park.

Put them in with the current crop of youngsters, and good performers such as Jorginho (although not the last few games) and Mateo Kovacic, then you will have a squad you can fully believe in, a squad that will challenge at the very top.