Frank Lampard thinks that he still has a lot to offer Chelsea, despite being benched for recent crunch games against Valencia and Manchester City.
The 33 year old came on to score the penalty that sealed the Blues' 2-1 victory against Barclays Premier League leaders City and bring the West London club firmly back into the title race.
“I understand it, but I’ve still got a lot to give," said Lampard post-match.
“I want to play, simple as that. I’m as fit as I’ve ever been. I’ve been in a good run of form and now I’ve not been playing.”
The England midfielder had started five of Chelsea’s last six matches before being omitted in the last two, and the decision hasn’t been explained to him by the manager.
Raul Meireles got the nod ahead of the former West Ham starlet, and marked the appearance with a first-half equaliser for the hosts.
“I haven’t spoken to Villas-Boas so I don’t know why, simple as that," he added.
“I want to play. If I didn’t, there wouldn’t be any point turning up, so maybe there’s a bit of frustration because of that.”
Lampard feels that he plays better when given a consistent run in the side and wants to get out on the field from the start and prove that he can still be a key player for the club.
“I just want to play and I like to play well. I’m always at my best when I’m playing regularly. I know I’ve got a lot to give," concluded Lampard.
“I just want to be on the pitch and let the football do the talking.”