Wesley Fofana on Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea: “It’s what we needed.”

In an interview broadcast on this morning’s Téléfoot, Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana notably talks about the Premier League side’s struggles this season, the arrival of Frank Lampard on the bench to replace Graham Potter, and their hopes of a Champions League turnaround.

The former England international has lost three games in all competitions since the start of his second stint in charge. For Fofana, though, Lampard’s return to the dugout has seen the team look to go back to basics:

“He was welcomed back in the best way possible, because he’s Mr. Frank Lampard. He’s a club legend. He told us to get our confidence back, and play simple football again. To get back to the basics, really. His words moved us all, because it’s what we needed, to get our confidence back. And to realise that we’re fighting for a club. We’re fighting for a great club.”

The former Saint-Étienne man was also remaining optimistic about the team’s chances in the Champions League, despite a 2-0 defeat in the first-leg of their quarter-final against Real Madrid: “Chelsea have already done it after a difficult season before, with a new coach arriving. They won it in 2021. So I think it’s possible, it’s in the club’s DNA. We’ve had a bad season, we know that. Now it’s up to us to show what we’re capable of. There is quality in this squad.”

Asked about his thoughts on the high fee that saw him move from Leicester this summer – €87m – the 22-year-old explains that he doesn’t see his luctrative transfer as a source of pressure:

“I’m trying to see the good side to it. I’m a Chelsea player, I will give my life for this club.”

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin

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