Frank Lampard has this strong warning for Chelsea squad ahead of Newcastle United clash

Frank Lampard has this strong warning for his Chelsea squad ahead of the clash with Newcastle United: ‘We will be taking nothing lightly.’

Friday, 17th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Frank Lampard, Chelsea manager.

Chelsea head to St James’s Park on Saturday for a 5.30pm kick-off.

Lampard said: “Even though we have good away form in general every game brings new challenges.

“Going to Newcastle I know the emotion of the crowd, the very organised team they are, the manager they have, and also the threats they have.

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“They have got some really good results this season. We will be taking nothing lightly.

“We have to take this game head on.

“It is massively important we keep our focus game in, game out.

“We certainly can’t underestimate Newcastle because of the season they’re having.”

Meanwhile, Lampard has insisted Ross Barkley is going nowhere despite West Ham admitting interest in signing the midfielder on loan.

Barkley has just shaken off a niggling foot injury and forced his way back and impressed in the 3-0 Premier League win over Burnley.

Lampard criticised the 26-year-old earlier this season for lacking professionalism after a row with a taxi driver in Liverpool, but has now insisted Barkley remains central to his Stamford Bridge plans.

Asked about Barkley being linked to a West Ham switch, Lampard said: "There's no talk here of Ross Barkley going anywhere; he's our player.

"He's played the last couple of games and done very well. I've got a lot of faith in Ross.

"That was news I heard just like everyone else, but there's absolutely no feeling towards that here. I'm very happy with him."