Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was incandescent at his side’s first half display against Leicester City and told the squad that they were ‘not good enough for the Chelsea badge’.
Ross Barkley’s second half strike sealed a 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium to set-up a semi-final clash against Manchester United.
However, the midfielder came on after a dismal first half which Lampard described as the worst 45 minutes of his side’s season.
‘I don’t think we played that badly this season for 45 minutes. We’ve played a lot better and lost games,’ said Lampard afterwards.
But while the win had soothed some of Lampard’s anger, he wasn’t quite as calm at half-time with matchwinner Ross Barkley revealing he tore into his squad for their first half performance.
Asked what Lampard said at half-time, Barkley said: [He said we were] not good enough for the Chelsea badge to be performing like that.
‘[We needed to] be vocal on the pitch and make things happen. We could have done better with the final pass and stuff like that.’
Lampard’s anger was summed up by the fact he made three substitutions at half-time.
Mason Mount, Reece James and Billy Gilmour were all hauled off and there was a marked improvement in the Blues’ play.
Despite the savage nature of the substitutions, Lampard insists he had to make a change and that the trio will all become ‘top players’ for the club.
‘First half is not what we are used to in terms of performance,’ said Lampard.
‘We lacked intensity. I could have made more or different subs for more urgency because it was such a lethargic performance. We dragged out of it, to be fair.
‘The second half, there were glimpses of it [Chelsea’s normal play] and I am delighted we came through.
‘If we don’t turn up to games like today, then we have no chance. We were lucky today. The players that came off are young lads and are going to be top players.’
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