They’ve got this so wrong
This article suggest that Frank would hate for us to go down, but if you read carefully he is actually talking about Zola and Clarke hahaha. (old article by the way, hence the second from bottom bit)
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard wont take any pleasure from plunging West Ham deeper into relegation trouble even though the former Hammers star faces another hostile reception at Upton Park on Sunday.
The 31-year-old, who spent nine years at West Ham, has suffered vicious abuse from the Hammers fans every time he has faced his old club and he knows it will be no different this weekend.
Lampard has been public enemy number one in east London since quitting West Ham to join bitter rivals Chelsea for 11 million pounds (12.3 million euros) in 2001.
“I have a lot of respect for Gianfranco and Steve Clarke. Its been difficult for them. They have a lot of financial difficulties and have had to sell a lot of players,” Lampard said.
But despite all the taunts, Lampard is sad to see the Hammers languishing second bottom of the Premier League because of former Chelsea favourites Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke – now manager and assistant at West Ham – who worked with the England international at Stamford Bridge.
While Lampard would genuinely like to see West Ham prosper, he will show no compassion on Sunday as Chelsea bid to cement their position as league leaders going into the busy Christmas programme.
“I dont want to see them do badly at all. Theyre great lads. <- (he means Zola and Clarke) Its difficult, but then its a difficult league.”
After recording a string of convincing victories last month, Carlo Ancelottis side have spluttered of late.
By the time Chelsea kick off on Sunday, they could be ahead of Manchester United only on goal difference if the reigning champions win at Fulham 24 hours earlier.
The Blues have conceded 11 goals in five games and looked nervous at the back again against Portsmouth.
They won for the first time in five matches against Portsmouth on Wednesday, but their victory against the leagues bottom club was less than convincing.
“Im sure people would have been talking again if we hadnt beaten Portsmouth, but thats why it was important to win,” he said.
Yet Lampard is adamant his side are still on course to win the title and he expects them to rediscover their dominant form soon.
“We went a long time without conceding goals, and that was fantastic, but now were having a patch where we are.
“Were having a patch at the moment where were not pulling away from teams when we might do and every free-kick and corner seems to drop to them in a funny way. We are being punished every time and it is just a phase were in.
Chelseas hopes of a second successive win will be boosted by Didier Drogbas return to action after the Ivory Coast striker missed the Portsmouth win with a back problem.
“Its important we just keep going. Were three points clear at the top and we need to pick up wins. I think we can move on and put this all behind us.”
Those injuries have only added to the gloom around Upton Park after three consecutive defeats.
West Ham welcome back Matthew Upson from a hamstring injury, but will be without Carlton Cole, Valon Behrami, Zavon Hines and Kieron Dyer.
Zola, who played for Chelsea from 1996 to 2003 after being sold by Ancelotti when he was in charge at Parma, said: “The last two games were painful, but this is the situation. They belong to the past and if you keep switching your mind to the past, it doesnt help.
The tame manner of the loss at Bolton in midweek was especially worrying for Zola, but the Italian has no intention of changing his purist principles.
“I try to keep that plan and to get results as well. I dont see why you shouldnt play good football and get results as well.”
“At West Ham, they want to play football in a certain way. Theyre not interested in playing differently, and thats why I was appointed and what I try to do.