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

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Frank Lampard has identified 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 a loss 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 interim boss has identified the England winger as one of the men he wants to stop the rot at Stamford Bridge. Sterling has suffered a stop-start campaign due to a couple of niggling injuries as a whirlwind of chaos has blown through the club.

But the striker showed enough in the opening half to suggest his confidence has not taken as big a battering as some of his colleagues’ – and Lampard has quickly zeroed in on that.

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

“I’ve said: ‘Watch 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 couple of days I’ve spoken to him a little bit.

“We have to get the right team structure to make it best for the players and drive them and, of course, I’ve only been here a couple of days. I’ll be speaking to Raheem more as we go on – I just think he’s a top player.

“It’s always 50-50 for me, getting the right structure for a player and then the player themselves doing their bit – but Raheem has shown what a player he is.”

Chelsea head into this week’s Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid desperately seeking the kind of form that will topple Los Blancos. The fabulous fightback against Borussia Dortmund already seems like a distant memory and their efforts at Molineux suggested there is plenty of work to be done to repair the damage.

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