Lampard proud of Chelsea: ‘But don’t want to sing my own praises’

After beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Stamford Bridge Chelsea secured a top four finish in the Premier League. Blues manager Frank Lampard was proud of the achievements of his young team this season, but also insisted that a club like Chelsea should be aiming higher than fourth place.

“I am very pleased but I don’t want to sing my own praises, because it is obviously the players that produce for you”, Lampard told reporters. “There were a lot of unknowns, a lot I have gone over when they had to be said. You always rely on the group and the players you have got.”

“We have seen breakthrough seasons, players on loan and the players who were on loan and perform. We have seen the stories of players like Giroud, Willian, Pedro and Kovacic, Jorginho, people who have really provided along the way. Collective effort of staff and players.”

“I am proud, but I put small brackets around that because it is Chelsea and we want to be challenging for league titles. We’re not in that position now, I knew that going into the season. I knew that to compete, not just Liverpool and Man City, but Man United, Wolves, Tottenham and Arsenal, who spent an awful lot, £100million, and have really strong teams already, it was going to be really tough for us. The lads have competed.”

“We have been inconsistent at times, we will be brutally honest about that, but we can improve going forward. But tonight we can be pleased with what we have achieved.”