Frank Lampard has revealed how he’s been keeping in contact with his Chelsea squad during a period of self-isolation for the Blues, after the head coach spoke to The 5th Stand app via FaceTime for a special edition of Ask Frank, which can be viewed on the app now.
The Blues have been away from Cobham for a few weeks, following Callum Hudson-Odoi testing positive for COVID-19 – which the winger has successfully recovered from now – and the lockdown of the United Kingdom following the coronavirus outbreak.
Frank has been keeping in regular contact with his players and, as he revealed when answering questions put to him by supporters, the boss has said it is very important to maintain that level on interaction through these challenging times.
‘It’s tough in the current climate,’ Frank said in the app exclusive, which is available to view now. ‘We’ve been at home for a long time now, self-isolating and showing concern for everybody but we are doing the right thing.
‘I’ve been in touch with the players. They all know that I’m there for them, both individually and collectively, and these are tough times both physically and emotionally. So we have to be there for the players and that’s what we have been doing.
‘I’ve spoken to Callum and it’s great that he’s fully recovered. I spoke to him throughout that first week when he first got the illness and it was a strange time. Thankfully he didn’t suffer too much and we are happy he’s come through this. Now it’s just about taking the necessary precautions with the rest of the squad, which we have been doing since he first tested positive and everyone is doing well in the current climate.
‘It’s a difficult and strange time for everyone and no matter how much we all love football and all love Chelsea, sometimes other things have to come first. This is one of those situations and my message to the players throughout this has been to put your family first. Look after them, and yourself, and keep the motivation that way.
‘I have no concerns with the players losing motivation and I know they will be doing the basics right at home in terms of their fitness and looking after themselves in these times.’
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