Chelsea manager Avram Grant left John Terry and Frank Lampard out of the team in Athens during the week – will he do the same for Sunday’s League Cup final against Tottenham? The midfielder certainly hopes not and is clearly frustrated after only getting four minutes on the pitch against Olympiakos to strut his stuff. The Evening Standard reports that Lamps is desperate to play a part at Wembley.
Lampard said: “I felt fresh but the manager didn’t want to take a chance on me and John and we were in the same boat. We understood the reasons for being substitutes. You have to be mature and professional but it doesn’t mean we cannot be frustrated and want to play.
He added: “You would have to ask the manager if it is a fitness thing or rotation but it is very important we get a settled team in the run-in.
“Any good team I have been involved with has had a pretty settled line-up and it will be down to the manager to find that. Any top player wants to play but you have to understand you are in a strong squad.
“I feel very fresh and have a lot in my legs. I never normally have injuries and I don’t want to miss any more games.”
After Tuesday’s very average performance against a modest Greek team, it’s entirely possible Grant will select Lampard for the Spurs match, although it’s clear that the Israeli is very much his own person when it comes to team selection and that nobody is an automatic name on the team-sheet at Stamford Bridge.