Lampard has identified the right Chelsea player to stop the rot after just one game

Frank Lampard’s tenure as caretaker boss got off to the worst possible start on Saturday as his Chelsea side suffered defeat to relegation-threatened Wolves.

Chelsea caretaker manager Frank Lampard reviews Wolves defeat

Raheem Sterling will be at the heart of Frank Lampard’s efforts to breathe new life into Chelsea.

The caretaker boss has identified the England winger as one of the men he wants to stop the rot at Stamford Bridge. Sterling suffered a stop-start campaign due to a few minor injuries as a whirlwind of chaos ripped through the club.

But the striker showed enough in the first half to suggest his confidence wasn’t as battered as some of his colleagues – and Lampard quickly focused on that.

He said: “Raheem is a fantastic player. He was one of the best wingers in the world for a long time, sometimes, maybe in some people’s opinion, the best. I can’t remember how many times I referred to young wingers when I was here before at Chelsea, Derby – and Everton in fact.

“I said, ‘Look at Raheem Sterling and see why he scores 20 goals a season’ – so I have the highest feeling for him in that sense. In the last few days I’ve been talking to him a bit.

“We have to find the right team structure so it’s the best for the players and drive them and of course I’ve only been here a few days. I’ll talk to Raheem more as we go – I just think he’s a top player.

“It’s always 50-50 for me, getting the structure right for a player and then the player himself does his part – but Raheem has shown what a player he is.”

Chelsea are heading to the Champions League quarter-finals this week, with Real Madrid desperate for the type of form that will topple Los Blancos. The fabulous fightback against Borussia Dortmund already seems like a distant memory and their efforts at Molineux suggest there is a lot of work to be done to undo the damage.

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