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Lampard gives a blunt response to Drogba’s Chelsea comments

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The Blues boss gave a blunt reply when asked about Drogba’s comments on the club’s current state.

Chelsea interim manager Frank Lampard distanced himself from Didier Drogba’s comments after the Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid.

On Wednesday, Chelsea’s rough season suffered another crushing blow. They lost to Real Madrid in the second leg of their quarter-final contest. The Spanish side cruised past them 2-0 in London to win the tie 4-0 on aggregate.

Drogba, a star player of Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League-winning squad, later suggested he no recognizes the club, questioning the decisions made under the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership.

“They’re Didier’s comments, sorry,” Lampard told reporters when asked about what Drogba said.

What did Drogba say?

Speaking on Canal+ about Chelsea’s state, Drogba said: “I don’t recognize my club,”

“It’s no longer the same club. There is a new owner and a new vision. Of course, we try to compare it with what happened during the [Roman] Abramovich era where a lot of players were brought in, but the decisions were very intelligent.

“Bringing in players like Petr Cech, Andriy Shevchenko, Herman Crespo, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, and I go on. It was done to win titles. They are players with a certain experience. The strategy is now different; we bet on young players. But a dressing room of over 30 players is difficult [to manage] for a manager.”

Following Wednesday’s loss, Chelsea will end the season trophyless. Lampard will likely remain in charge for the final seven Premier League games.

The Blues sit 11th in the standings, 11 points outside the top six and a further six away from the top four. They’ll face Brentford next Wednesday.