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Chelsea boss Lampard: Player criticism definitely ramped up since my day

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says the scrutiny on today's players is more intense than what he experienced.

Lampard admits social media is a major problem.

He said, "When I compare it to my days as a player, the criticism levels have definitely ramped up and that's mainly because of social media and the fact it's so prevalent and so cutting.

"It's very easy to be critical when you're hidden behind a phone or keyboard and unfortunately that's very visible to the players as well. It's a shame that people react so quickly to one performance or one moment.

"You have to remember that these players are all young men, they're humans and they can be affected by that which is why I want to protect them and be a source of support and strength for any player that has those moments. That's a really important part of my role because confidence in football is such a key factor."

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