Chelsea boss Frank Lampard found a creative way to motivate his side Sunday
Chelsea scored a crucial victory Sunday in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup but not before a little half-time drama. The Blues were still level at nil with Leicester City when the teams went into the locker room. That was when Chelsea manager Frank Lampard laid down some pretty brutal criticism of his side’s play in the first half, according to Ross Barkely after the contest.
“Not good enough to wear the Chelsea badge.”
The message was evidently received by Barkley, who scored the winning goal for the Blues in the 63rd minute of play. The victory will send Chelsea to the last four of the FA Cup. It will join Manchester United and Arsenal in the semifinals at Wembley Stadium.
It is no surprise that both sides found themselves in a tight battle during the first half. The two clubs are currently battling it out in the top-four of the Premier League, with Leicester sitting in the third spot with 55 points and Chelsea right behind with 54. Chelsea is also trying to hold off a charge from the 5th place Wolverhampton Wanders with 52 points, though the Blues have a game in hand.
Chelsea certainly could have been due for a letdown following its inspiring 2-1 win over Manchester City in Premier League play on Thursday but Lampard shamed them into regaining their focus. City will look to join United, Arsenal, and the Blues in the semifinals if it can get by New Castle in the quarterfinals Sunday afternoon.