Frank Lampard heads into a make-or-break week for Chelsea ’s season, insisting: “Don’t judge me on a few days.”
The Blues’ Champions League ambitions are on the line this afternoon as they host Wolves still needing a point to secure qualification into Europe’s elite competition.
Then six days later at Wembley, they face London rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
Emerge triumphant on both fronts – and everyone will be hailing Lampard’s first year in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat a resounding success.
However, miss out on the top four and fall to the Gunners on Saturday – and it will be all doom and gloom in that respect.
Former England midfielder Lampard is well aware how quickly the knives will be either sharpened or put away for another day.
Yet, while accepting it is inevitable pundits will assess his managerial abilities at the highest level on the back of a couple of results, he will not be taking too much notice.
Asked if Chelsea must finish on a double high for him to be deemed a hit, Lamps said: “I don’t like the question, no disrespect. It’s for other people to do that.
“I’m sure they will. But I don’t feel like it absolutely depends on the next week because some things are slightly out of control when it comes to one game.
“When I think of the strides we’ve made, generally, as a team, how we’ve looked to next year and how our summer window may be, hopefully there’ll be really positive things to come.
“All I’ve done is get us in this position now. Let’s hope we do get the right results.
“If we do, I’ll certainly be very happy because I’ve given everything I can this year. That’s all I can ask of myself – to always try to improve as we go forward.
“I’ll let everyone else do the analysing!”
Not that Lampard, 42, is playing down the importance of booking a Champions League spot next term.
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