Saturday's 2-1 English Premier League win at Arsenal was the third successive match in which Lampard was not in the European champion's XI, with Ramires selected alongside
Lampard admittedly was injured for Tuesday's Carling Cup thrashing of Wolverhampton, but his omission at the
Chelsea has been left badly exposed by top-class opposition when Lampard has played an anchor role alongside Mikel this season and manager
Running alongside all this is talk Lampard will not be offered anything longer than a one-year contract extension and that
Lampard looks certain to return for his side's Champions League game at FC Nordsjaelland and
"I've had conversations with him, yeah, which I do on a regular basis with the players. I like to exchange opinions.
"He's very supportive of the team when he's not in the team. When he's in the team, he's a great performer as well.
"From that point of view, we're fortunate to have a very strong squad with international players, so that's going forward with a busy schedule, it's important we use these players."
Despite Saturday's admission,
He added: "He's been playing that role, but I don't think I've ever taken those other things away from him. Those are his strengths, but you sometimes need discipline in that role. It's important for the balance of the team.
"But he's played there magnificently at the beginning of this season and last season as well."
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