FRANK LAMPARD will label his Chelsea team-mates 'stupid' if they make the same defensive errors in their FA Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday that have seen them leak an seven goals in their last two hours of football, writes Dan Levene.
With boss Guus Hiddink expected to drop Petr Cech following the worst run of form in his five-year Chelsea career, Lampard also warned that such defensive howlers could leave the Blues empty-handed come the end of May.
The England midfielder wasn't on top form on Tuesday despite his two goals that sent Chelsea through to the next round of the Champions League - but was adamant he knew where improvements could be made.
"We can't give Arsenal the space we gave Liverpool on Tuesday," he said.
"We'll work on that. We know about that, we're not stupid.
"It was draining mentally and physically on Tuesday. But we need to work on the things we did last week, and get back to how we were at Liverpool last week."
Many, including Hiddink, were critical of Cech, who conceded three goals in eight frantic second half minutes against Bolton on Saturday, before letting in another four against Liverpool on Tuesday.
And with a Champions League double-header on the cards against free-scoring Barcelona, Lampard had no hesitation in demanding more from Chelsea's defence.
He said: "We missed John Terry. He is obviously a leader at the back." ..SUPL: