Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says clubs cannot expect players to “push and push” themselves during the coronavirus pandemic when there is no date return of football.
The Blues continue to train at home during the lockout initiated by the government, and given the current situation, the target date for a resumption of games from April 30 appears very optimistic.
Lampard, however, thinks there isn’t much everyone can do, but try to stay focused on the big picture.
“It’s very difficult at the moment because we have nothing concrete in front of us,” said Lampard in a FaceTime interview with the official app of Chelsea’s “The 5th Stand” club.
“We have seen that things can change very quickly, so we can only respect the dates that have been given to us, for the moment, it looks like May 1st or the end of April.
“But every day or probably every week we look at it and say,” Well, how do we train? What does it look like?
“The last thing I want to do right now when players are in this position when we don’t know when the games are going to be is to try to push and push and push (them) for no reason.”
Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek had accelerated his recovery from Achilles surgery, but Lampard understands that this is another problem that cannot be rushed.
“I guess in a few cases it’s a little frustrating because we just got to the stage where Ruben Loftus-Cheek seemed to be ready to play soon, so this fitness match that we were looking for, we have the kind of lose that, “said the Chelsea manager.
“When you talk about people like N’Golo Kante, who had problems recently and who was injured and Callum Hudson-Odoi, then that gave us some time, so when we resume, I hope they will all be in a better place. “
Callum Hudson-Odoi is recovering well after a positive coronavirus test earlier in March.
Lampard said: “Fortunately, he did not suffer too much and we are happy that he went there.
“Now it’s just a matter of taking the necessary precautions with the rest of the team, which we have been doing since being tested positive for the first time and everyone is doing well in today’s climate.”
Forward Willian, meanwhile, has been authorized by the club to return to Brazil to join his family.
Lampard knows that this is a test period for everyone.
“This has obviously changed frequently from the start and this is all new ground,” said the Chelsea boss.
“I just let them know that I am there for them individually because these are tough times, be it emotionally, physically all we need to be there for the players.
“Motivation can be put aside slightly. I think everyone’s current motivation is how their families are, how their loved ones are, how we all see the outside world, and sometimes the realization that there are things that are much more important than football.
“Even if we love Chelsea and have the chance to do our job, it certainly hit home for that.
“For me, my message to the players has always been to take care of your family right now.
“The motivation, I guess, will come from doing the basic things you do to stay fit and live the best you can right now.
“Then, of course, when we can get the group together and focus on how it will go, the players will be motivated.”
Lampard added: “All this has shown that this is a much wider problem and we hope that all of us, supporters of different clubs, together, countries, people from all over the world.
“We are all in the same situation and trying to stay positive.”