Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has staunchly defended homegrown pair Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount after criticism from Jose Mourinho in the wake of their 4-0 hammering at Manchester United.
Lampard expressed surprise at Mourinho's comments and Azpilicueta made it clear he didn't agree with the assessment of two of Chelsea's more highly-rated academy graduates. They are fighting in every training session.
"I can't drag people out of the medical room to play, whether they're experienced or not", he said.
Abraham and Mount started brightly at Old Trafford, the former rattling the post, and Chelsea were perhaps unfortunate to be trailing at the break following Marcus Rashford's penalty.
Lampard's worst nightmare came true at the "Theatre of Dreams" - to leave his flops on the floor ahead of Wednesday's Super Cup final against Liverpool in Istanbul. When you don't win, the questions around get more and more but we have to cope with it. We have to face it, take the responsibility and move forward.
The Spanish defender added: 'We know that Chelsea always fights for everything.
He said: "As we said to the boys before the game, we have found the way we want to play and a way we believe in".
What we do know for sure is that the longer the former Borussia Dortmund man is out of the team, the louder the calls to include him will grow.
"So these are the players that we played today, the players that were on the bench in a game that we were clearly the better team for 45, maybe 60 minutes".
"That's the bridge between a good team and a world-class team: how consistently they perform".