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Chelsea boss Lampard eager to keep 'bad pressure' away from players

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is eager to keep the "bad pressure" away from his players ahead of their FA Cup tie with Luton.

Lampard insists he can handle the pressure coming his way and is determined to keep it away from his players.

"My concern is not the pressure on me because I can deal with it, because I have been in football a long, long time as a player at top clubs, so I understand how it goes and it is different as a player," Lampard explained.

"The pressure needs to be positive on the players because it's the players that make you a good manager or a not so good manager and that can flip very quickly, as we always see.

"So it is important the players don't feel that, I don't mind taking the pressure, the players have to feel a good pressure. They want to win games, they want to get some form back, we know how quickly the form and results can turn in this league, we have seen it now more than ever, so we just have to direct that pressure in the right way on the pitch.

"As it is players who will always make you a good or bad or in between manager, you have to have buy-in from the dressing room," he continued, "because my opinion is football is a certain percentage tactics but it is a much bigger percentage environment, drive, positivity and desire, and all those things which create the basis in football."

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