Denis Zakaria has called for Chelsea to give more to overcome the tough period and admits the squad ‘feel bad’ for the fans.
It’s been a season to remember for all of the wrong reasons for Chelsea on the pitch. Knocked out of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in the third round, both to Manchester City, whilst they currently sit in 11th place in the Premier League.
Their Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread after a 2-0 first leg defeat to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals last Wednesday, with the return leg awaiting on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge.
After sacking Graham Potter at the beginning of April, Chelsea opted to put Frank Lampard in caretaker charge until the end of the season in the hope of lifting the mood and stopping the downward decline, but the appointment has done anything but that on the pitch.
Defeats to Wolves and Real Madrid were followed up by a 2-1 defeat, a scoreline that flattered Chelsea, to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, making it three losses from three to begin Lampard’s return.
Zakaria, who is on loan from Juventus until the end of the season, was involved in Saturday’s defeat after Lampard made six changes to freshen the side up.
The 26-year-old featured for 74 minutes before being hooked off and offered an assessment of where Chelsea are currently at, as well as Lampard’s honest treatment of the group.
He said: “It wasn’t enough, we were bad. We have to do way better. What was said stays between the coach, the owners and the team.
“Yes, I think it is good (that Lampard is honest) because we need more. We are not good. It is tough.
“It is difficult and we feel bad for the fans because we cannot play like that. It is tough and we have to do better. It is hard.”
Chelsea’s focus has already switched to facing Real Madrid on Tuesday. They will need to produce a special performance, which they have done in previous years, if they want to turn the tie around to knock the current Champions League holders out and progress into the semi-finals.
“We are now going to do everything we can to come through the game against Real Madrid and win this game,” added Zakaria. “We will give everything until the end.”
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