Chelsea Boss Rafael Benitez Backs Frank Lampard To Break Bobby Tambling's Record In Style
Frank Lampard (Photo: Reuters)
Frank Lampard scored against League One side Brentford at Stamford Bridge Sunday afternoon as Chelsea entered round five of the FA Cup on the back of the impressive 4-0 win.
With that goal, Lampard is just three short of smashing Bobby Tambling's all-time high record of 202 goals and boss Rafael Benitez feels that the veteran playmaker will breach the mark in style. Lampard got a huge ovation from the Chelsea fans as he got his 199th Chelsea goal.
Benitez, who has been keeping mum as far as Lampard's future at Chelsea is concerned, said: "He is doing well, he is scoring goals hopefully he can score another 15 before the end and it will be good
for the team and for everyone."
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Lampard's current contract expires at the end of the season and he has not been offered a new one by owner Roman Abramovich.
Incidentally, Abramovich was at the stadium to watch the proceedings after nearly a month of staying away from there as a spectator. And Lampard's goal might just help Abramovich make a decision with regards to Lampard's future and maybe he decides to retain the 34-year-old attacking midfielder.
"I have a contract until the end of the season, I am really pleased to be here, I am really pleased to work with this group of players because they are working very hard and we try to win every game and
see what happens," Benitez was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
"Sometimes you don't believe me but the difference is when you have players available you can manage in a different way. Demba Ba, David Luiz could not play in the Europa League, they could play this game
and you can manage."
"I don't know if I see him (Abramovich) or not, but it doesn't matter at the end of the day. The main thing is the team doing well, winning games, clean sheet, four goals, everything is fine. It is a sunny day
Chelsea will now travel to Middlesbrough for a place in the quarter-finals.