Lateness, naps & nothing getting through - How Chelsea's standards have dropped to a new low under Frank Lampard
- Chelsea set for bottom-half finish
- Lampard struggling to get messages through
- Players openly rebelling at times
WHAT HAPPENED? While Chelsea are set to finish in the bottom half and were thumped 4-1 by Manchester United in midweek, The Telegraph has explained exactly how standards have slipped. It has been revealed that more than one player has been late for the team bus, because they decided to have a nap at home. It is also claimed that more than six members of the squad have made it clear they want to leave in the summer, and have done nothing to hide their desire to go.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: While some disciplinary breaches can be expected throughout a long season, Chelsea's squad is so bloated that Lampard has found it next to impossible to motivate every player, despite his best efforts. He is said to have an open-door policy and has also repeatedly addressed the squad, but the messages simply aren't sinking in and there is even a suspicion that some players have been exaggerating the severity of knocks, in order to miss games.