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Frank Lampard FULL Pre-Match Press Conference – Newcastle v Chelsea – Premier League – SUBTITLES

January 18, 2020


Thoughts on Chelsea’s anti-Semitism campaign and using the definition by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance… I think it’s an important statement, we hope
it makes an impact, that’s the whole point. Bruce, Dr Meyer and Lord Mann spoke
very well about it, and in much more detail than me. But in simple terms as manager of the football
club I am proud that the club takes such a strong stance against any form of discrimination. And we’ll be active in that going forward,
which I think today shows. Words are one thing but actions are another,
and we’ll always be very strong on that and will continue to be so. Reece James new contract, how important is
that for the club? I rate him very highly, I knew him as a youth
player in the academy here. I saw him on loan last year where he did fantastically well
at Wigan. I tried to get him to Derby but he couldn’t
come in mid-season. But I admired him a lot. And then work with him, I feel the same, and
even more so now he’s got his foot into the first team. I think there’s a lot more to come from Reece
James, a really talented player. Like a lot of the younger players, he wants to learn,
improve, train and do the right things. And he has that talent, so it’s great for
the club that he’s signed for so long. Bruce Buck said he knows who is going to be
signed this month? That was a joke! There is nothing imminent,
there aren’t people waiting in the wings that I don’t know about, or you don’t know about. So there’s no news on that front. Any imminent transfers coming in to the club? I won’t talk about any individuals and there
is nothing as I say. I’m not going to be embarrassed by anything
happening soon, there’s nothing. What remains the same is that the window is
open and if there’s anything when can do to improve us then we will attempt to do it. We are working on that, but also I’m very
aware of how I want the squad to be, and how much we must focus on what is our job in hand
which is winning matches. So that’s the focus on Newcastle tomorrow.
We’ll keep working and there may be news; I’m not closing the door as such, but it has
to be right, in January. What about the players who could leave? Barkley,
Willian or Giroud? There’s no talk here of Ross Barkley going
anywhere. He is our player, he played the last couple of games and he has done very
well and because of certain circumstances, Ross hasn’t featured as much here. But, I
have got a lot of faith in Ross. That was just news I heard like everyone else this
week and I have no feeling towards it. I am very happy with him. Olivier Giroud, we all
know there may be something that can happen. The good thing about Oli is that he is so
experienced. I have a good relationship with him as does the club so again, if all circumstances
are right it could happen. Whilst it is not, he is our player. Willian is not going anywhere.
We know his contract is up at the end of the season and he is in conversations with the
club which is still ongoing. There’s no news on that. He is certainly our player now. Newcastle coming up and away form is good? It is an opportunity but every game in the
Premier League remains vital and this is the same as all the others. Even though we have
good away form in general, every game brings new challenges. Going to Newcastle, I know
it as a player and I know it now. The emotion of the crowd, they are a very organised team
with the manager that they have. Also the threats they have, they have got some good
results this season. We will be taking nothing lightly or expecting anything because of our
away record. We have to take this game head on, as we have to do in these games coming
up now because it is massively important we keep or focus game in game out. We certainly
don’t underestimate Newcastle. You shouldn’t do because of the season they are having. Injuries at Newcastle, down the bare bones
making it easier? No, Bournemouth were relatively down to the
bare bones and we played them and lost. This is the Premier League. The bare bones itself
can bring out a different feeling in a team, in a stadium and in players. I think that
the way Steve Bruce has handled this season shows. They were expected to have a lot of
difficulties this season and they have fought against that and done well. So I don’t look
at the bare bones, I understand a few of their players are coming back for this game so it
is a tough one to approach in a way as there are some individuals that may or may not play.
So I am not considering that side of it. A good chance to open a gap on United with
them facing Liverpool? They are all ifs aren’t they, that’s one part
of it that we can control is us and Newcastle so we have to give everything so we have to
try and get a result because there have been moments lately where we could have got results
that made us more secure in fourth but we haven’t. So we have to try and learn from
that. On the same side you look at Manchester United, no one would have fancied them to
go to Manchester City away and win in the league. They did that. So I won’t expect anything.
What I want us to do is to try and win our game and then we can see what happens with
the rest of the weekend. Is Tammy the main number nine for England
with Kane injury? Only Gareth can tell you that. I look generally
at England and the competitive nature of the squad and how it goes on form and playing
for your club, you should never jump forward, say anything or expect anything. I speak about
Tammy most weeks here and the way he is playing at the minute he is hugely in contention for
that, but he has to sustain that performance and prove it. VAR, refs using pitch side monitor What’s the result going to be? It is one
of those. I think it is. I understand the intensity of matchday and some things from
the referee’s side that concern them a bit. But where we are at with VAR, we all have
some doubts. It keeps some power in the referee’s hands on pitch and I think we may get better
results. We’ll see. Top four, usual suspects or can Wolves or
Sheffield United challenge? Of course they can. I don’t think the Premier
League, the usual suspects one works so well. The landscape has changed a lot. A lot of
teams have invested money, invested wisely, improved or bringing something different to
the table. The league is so competitive this year. I don’t think we should look with
a prejudgement of any team. If they can stay in the race of the top for, then they will
believe. How important is it to bring players in this
month? From my point of view, and I will be open
about it here because nothing is done yet, if we can improve us as I see then it would
be important. At the same time, if I go striving for that and lose the balance of what I have
got already, then I won’t do that. Whatever happens bringing a player, players or no player,
the fight for top four is going to be really tough, all the way to the end of the season.
We couldn’t do business in the summer window, it is a transition going into this year and
we have had some inconsistencies, which we are working against. There are teams around
us that have got lots of power and weapons who can win them a big run of games. It is
going to be tough, no matter what. But we have to focus on ourselves. Pulisic, quicker progress than thought? No, but I don’t know what kind of rate expecting? A couple of weeks? Yeah, we’d like to think so which goes towards
the break for us in February, which might fall at a nice time as it will give us time
to play with. Hopefully he will be back on the other side of that break. It is kind of
in line with how we expected to be. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, how is he getting on? I can actually answer you better this week.
He is training now with the U16s. He’ll train with the U18s, progressing to the U23s
in a pretty short space of time. The sooner that he can be back with us training, the
better. But with the injury for a long time it is standard that you bring him through
the academy. We are working every way. But there is a different look on Ruben’s face,
more smiley and happy, which I absolutely understand. How tough has it been for him? Tough. The good thing about him is he is not
one to walk around with his head down or create a negative atmosphere, but it is just a lonely
place. That is for everyone. He is integrating more towards us now. Which is great, but with
the lad that he is, he could be easily forgotten from the outside that we have missed a hugely
influential player for us. And hopefully we will get him back, and if we get him back
after the break, it might need some competitive games for him because of the nature of the
injury, but he might not be far away.

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