HomePREMIER LEAGUEKalidou Koulibaly reveals how Frank Lampard'motivated' Chelsea players.

Kalidou Koulibaly reveals how Frank Lampard’motivated’ Chelsea players.

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Kalidou Koulibaly reveals how Frank Lampard’motivated’ Chelsea players.

Kalidou Koulibaly has revealed what new Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard did to’motivate’ the players upon his return to Stamford Bridge.

Lampard recently took over as interim manager for Graham Potter, his second stint in charge of the Blues, where he had a legendary playing career.

Chelsea have had a terrible season, finishing 11th in the Premier League table and losing their first game under Lampard to Wolves on Saturday.

However, centre-back Koulibaly, who joined Chelsea from Napoli this summer, has explained what Lampard has done to change the mood at the club.

‘Changing managers is like failing somewhere,’ Koulibaly told The Times. ‘You have to keep on fighting, and we’ll give everything.

‘Because our new manager is a big legend, we have to rally behind him. We know we can and will do better.

‘[He] gave a nice speech and attempted to speak with and involve everyone.

‘I know it’s difficult when you have a lot of players, like us, but he was really motivated, and we were really motivated by him.’

Koulibaly also paid tribute to former boss Potter, who was replaced by Thomas Tuchel in September and lasted less than seven months.

‘I sent him a message,’ added Koulibaly. ‘He was extremely helpful to me. It was difficult for me at first, changing countries and moving everything after eight years [in Napoli], and I want to express my gratitude to him. He’ll have a bright future.’

Koulibaly, 31, has made 30 appearances for Chelsea this season across all competitions and has spoken out about his performances in west London.

‘I know I’m not at 100% yet, but I think I’m getting there,’ the Senegal international said.

‘Chelsea made a big decision to sign me [for £33 million] last summer, and there’s a big desire in me to give back. ‘I want to be a member of this club for a long time.’ This is not the year Chelsea expected, but when there are big changes, new owners, and half the team is new, everyone has to adapt.

‘But we know how big the ambition is here, and we’re going to work hard to regain the supporters’ trust.’

Kalidou Koulibaly reveals how Frank Lampard’motivated’ Chelsea players.

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