Chelsea manager Frank Lampard makes Roman Abramovich admission ahead of FA Cup final

Frank Lampard insists he feels the support of Roman Abramovich despite not having heard at all from the Chelsea owner.

The former player took the reins of the club last summer and has steered then to a Champions League berth and today’s FA Cup final showdown against Arsenal at Wembley.

But he revealed that the Russian – previously a very visible figure around the club – has not even picked up the phone.

Lampard said: “We have not been in touch and there is nothing in that. My job is to work as well as I can do.

“After the Wolves result and coming in the top four – which I think we all felt was something we really aimed for this year – and we managed to achieve it.

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“Sometimes it was difficult, but I don’t need a phone call or a message or recognition like that because my job when we come fourth this year is to think about how we come higher than fourth next year and close the gap?

“It’ll be similar with whatever the result will be against Arsenal, whether we win or lose, my job is think what does the next day look like or what does the next season look like?

“But I feel the support from the owner. I have felt it him from the moment I took the job.

“I felt it for many years as a player. I am happy if I can make him happy.


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“Last Sunday was a step forward in where we are right now and i want to continue making those steps.”

Chelsea will have N’Golo Kante fit for the showpiece against Arsenal after a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

The 29-year-old midfielder has endured an injury-hit campaign, with his last appearance coming on July 4.

Willian is also set to return after missing the Premier League finale.

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