Lamps understands frustration

But Chelsea midfielder would never follow Tevez's lead

Lampard: Understands Tevez's frustration, but would never behave in that way

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Frank Lampard will not condemn Carlos Tevez, although the Chelsea midfielder could not imagine ignoring an instruction from his manager.

Talk of player revolts has dominated the agenda this week, with Tevez allegedly refusing to come off the bench in Manchester City's UEFA Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

Earlier that evening, Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas was forced to rubbish erroneous reports Lampard had stormed down the tunnel in Saturday's Premier League victory against Swansea, the third game out of four the player had started on the bench.

Lampard then proved his commitment when he marked his return to the side with a superb performance in Wednesday night's 1-1 Champions League draw at Valencia.

The contrast with the reported behaviour of Tevez could not be greater but Lampard was in no mood to condemn his fellow professional.

Understand frustration

"I didn't actually see what happened in Munich, but I can understand people's frustration," he said.

"Some people might make the wrong decision at the wrong time and regret it afterwards, so I'm not going to dig anybody out.

"I wouldn't turn down coming on and all that sort of stuff. I don't imagine myself doing that but I understand people's frustration and we deal with it in different ways.

"I'll always keep working.

"That doesn't mean I'm happy on the day but I don't think the manager or any person would expect you to be happy or otherwise you're picking up your money to be content to stick your bum on the bench."