Lampard refuses to condemn Tevez

Frank Lampard has refused to put the boot into Carlos Tevez, even though the Chelsea midfielder insisted he would obey his own manager.

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Talk of player revolts has dominated the sporting agenda this week, with Tevez allegedly refusing to come off the bench in Manchester City's Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

Earlier that evening, Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas was forced to rubbish erroneous reports Lampard had stormed down the tunnel in Saturday's Barclays Premier League victory against Swansea, the third game out of four the player had started on the bench.


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Lampard then proved he was a fighter, not a sulker, when he marked his return to the side with a superb performance in Wednesday night's 1-1 Champions League draw at Valencia.

 

The contrast with the alleged behaviour of Tevez could not be greater but Lampard was in no mood to condemn his fellow professional.

"I didn't actually see what happened in Munich, but I can understand peoples' frustration," he said.

"Some people might make the wrong decision at the wrong time and regret it afterwards, so I'm not going to dig anybody out.

"I wouldn't turn down coming on and all that sort of stuff. I don't imagine myself doing that but I understand people's frustration and we deal with it in different ways.

"I'll always keep working. That doesn't mean I'm happy on the day but I don't think the manager or any person would expect you to be happy or otherwise you're picking up your money to be content to stick your bum on the bench."

Speculation about Lampard's future has been rife since he lost his place in the England side at the start of the month.

The 33-year-old also appears to be part of Villas-Boas' rotation policy at Chelsea and that could mean he finds himself on the bench again at Bolton on Sunday.

However, with it being the Blues' final game before the international break, the midfielder could get his wish to play back-to-back matches.

Chelsea could find themselves six points behind Manchester United and Manchester City when they kick-off at the Reebok Stadium in a season which Lampard declared was the most competitive he had encountered during his career.

He said: "I would say it is the most competitive, with the inclusion of Manchester City as a major force from what they've spent and the team that they've assembled and squad.

"Liverpool have invested during the summer and brought themselves right back into the equation and Tottenham Hotspur have been there for a few years so, once you add them to the established four, you really have got a competitive league.

"For all we joke that you'd like to win the league at a canter, I think you can always be very happy that we are in what we all see as the best league in the world."



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