Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'So Full of Envy'; Lampard Hits out at Chelsea Critics

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'So Full of Envy'; Lampard Hits out at Chelsea Critics

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Byline: LEO SPALL

FRANK LAMPARD today hit out at the " envious" critics of Chelsea and their successful manager Jose Mourinho.

The England midfielder said: "At first everyone was excited by Jose and now they seemed to have turned on him. We seem to have a problem in this country dealing with someone who has something different to offer. We should all be happy that someone has got personality that shows.

"There is an envy of a team which has dominated on the domestic front.

"When things go wrong, people jump on the bandwagon and criticise and are waiting for things to go wrong for you. People's attitudes have definitely changed towards us.

"The press coverage has had an effect to some extent. What gets publicised is what Chelsea do wrong. For instance at West Brom we've been charged for surrounding the ref and West Brom got nothing. I don't think either team deserves to be charged."

Writing in his own column in The Sun, Lampard added: "Neutral fans would see us as a good footballing team if they didn't read the press. That's how I see it."

Mourinho, meanwhile, has already started thinking about how Chelsea will celebrate winning the Premiership again.

The head coach is so confident about retaining the title that he has expressed his desire to seal it at Stamford Bridge so the club and fans can party properly.

Chelsea won the league at Bolton last season in front of a small proportion of their fans and are on schedule to reclaim the crown at the Reebok Stadium.

Barring the most stupendous goalscoring spree from Manchester United, Mourinho's side need five more wins and successive victories would make them champions on 15 April.

But Mourinho hoped Chelsea - who are 15 points clear at the top - would take the title by beating West Ham at home a week earlier and is pinning his hopes on United losing to make it possible.

He said: "We will keep focussed on the title knowing that 15 points are needed. It could be less if United slip up. …

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