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There's no tension between me and the board - Lamps


Frank Lampard. Photo: Adrian Dennis

Frank Lampard. Photo: Adrian Dennis

Frank Lampard. Photo: Adrian Dennis

Frank Lampard has insisted there is no tension with Chelsea's board over him dropping Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Spanish stopper commanded a world-record transfer fee for a goalkeeper when he joined Chelsea for £72million in August 2018.

The 25-year-old has fallen out of favour, with veteran Willy Caballero stepping up for the last two Premier League matches.

But Lampard has insisted he is under no pressure to select the big-money signing. Asked if he is on a collision course with Chelsea's board over dropping Kepa, Lampard replied:

"Certainly not. That fills a lot of headlines for people. I'm absolutely together with all the club and the board, because we all want the best.

"And I'm paid to make decisions. So with form I have to consider the goalkeeper position.

"All Kepa needs to do is train and show a great attitude, as I demand from all the players.

"And things can obviously change. But all I want is the best for the team."

Lampard will come up against his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Saturday, fresh from the Spurs boss lamenting his lengthy injury list in midweek.

Mourinho likened his depleted forward line to "a gun with no bullets" in the wake of Wednesday's 1-0 home Champions League loss to RB Leipzig.

But Lampard has moved to downplay the significance of Tottenham's injuries, ahead of the Stamford Bridge battle.

"He has got attacking players, let's get it right," said Lampard.

"Dele Alli in his best season at Tottenham was playing up alongside Harry Kane.

"And Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick in a Champions League semi-final last year."

Tottenham Spurs return to action less than 72 hours after their Champions League loss to RB Leipzig and there is no let up as the Stamford Bridge clash is one that could be decisive in the race for top four.

Having been 12 points behind Lampard's side when Mourinho took over in November, Spurs would go above them with a win.

But factors are against them as they are also without their best two attacking threats in Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.