Stamford Bridge idol hates being on the bench.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard admits he was not happy at being dropped from the Chelsea side, insisting he needs a run of games to maintain his form.
The 33-year-old enjoyed a dream return to the starting XI last night when his goal set the Blues on their way to what looked like a Champions League victory in Valencia.
The England international’s performance appeared to vindicate manager Andre Villas-Boas’ decision to rotate him in and out of the team.
Lampard declared he was prepared to accept this because of his love for the club, but if it was up to him he would be playing every game..
“I don’t want to just pick my money up and sit on my backside on the bench,” he said. “But you have to respect the manager and the team with the quality we have.
“It’s a big squad and the manager has to do what he sees fit. If he wants to bring young players through at times then I have to go on with that.
“Fortunately enough, I’m at a club that I love and I’ve got a great history here.
“I want to continue that story on for a good few years, not just now, not just the next few months.”
Lampard acknowledges he is coming to the end of his career but he insists that makes him even more determined to play as many matches as possible.
“I’ve probably been like that for a while,” he added. “I’m a player who likes to play regularly because it helps me get my momentum and stay fit and get confident.
“Hopefully, now, I can get a run of games. It’s down to the manager.”