Frank Lampard has revealed that he will not cave to external pressure when making decisions about leaving players out of Chelsea’s matchday squads, offering Dele Alli’s situation as Tottenham Hotspur as an example.

Alli has struggled for game time this season, with the midfielder not having started a Premier League game since Tottenham’s opening day defeat to Everton.

The England international has even struggled to make the matchday squad altogether in the Premier League more often than not.

However, Dele hardly the only Tottenham star in that predicament, with the likes of Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks also struggling to make the bench and having to make do with minutes in the Europa League.

Like Jose Mourinho, Frank Lampard also has an embarrassment of riches to choose from, especially in the attacking areas. As a consequence, the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi have struggled to get into the matchday squad.

When asked why the 20-year-old does not make the bench, the Chelsea boss told The Express: “I’m not worried about the permutations of leaving someone out. I’m making decisions for the squad.

In Callum’s early career, he got into the team, there was a lot of talk around him and then he got a really bad injury.

“Callum has hundreds of games in front of him. He will have a big impact. He might not like it, but I have to look around and ask who else do I take out.

“Tottenham have Gareth Bale on the bench, Dele Alli not there.”

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