Derby manager Frank Lampard has brushed off suggestions that he could replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea if the under-fire Italian is sacked.
Following a recent run of form, which included a 4-0 thrashing at Bournemouth followed by a 6-0 demolition against Manchester City on Sunday, t
“My job is here,” Lampard told a Derby press conference on Monday, quoted by the Evening Standard.
Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City was their heaviest in any competition since a 7-0 loss to Nottingham Forest in 1991, but Lampard believes his former team will bounce back.
“With my Chelsea hat on, 13 years as a player there, you have a feeling for it and it’s not nice, it’s not easy. It doesn’t happen to Chelsea much so when it does it’s a shock,” he said.
“For Chelsea it was a tough day. With all top teams the important thing is you come back strong, no matter what type of defeat. What makes top teams is resilience and Chelsea as a club will have it.”
Under Lampard’s guidance, Derby are strong contenders for promotion this season, with only goal difference separating them from the play-off places at present.
They are also through to the FA Cup fifth round, where they face Brighton on Saturday.