‘Players arrive late’ after post-practice naps, half a dozen players ‘openly say they want to leave’ and some ‘don’t even bother to tie their LACES’ – How Standards Have slipped at Chelsea in this disastrous season
- The Blues need to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League in a torrid season
Chelsea players have arrived late for the team bus at least once this season after returning home to sleep amid falling club standards, according to a report.
The Blues have had one of their worst seasons in recent memory this campaign and need to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League, finishing as low as 14th possible.
Manager Frank Lampard has regularly spoken of the players improving their standards if they are to succeed again, although the Blues boss has regularly been the one who has been criticized.
The club’s all-time leading goalscorer is the man who speaks and is criticized, has to respond to full-time taunts at Stamford Bridge, but a new report has suggested the club’s struggles run deeper than the manager.
According The telegraphat least one player took a nap after practice and missed the team bus, half a dozen of them openly admitted they wanted to leave and some didn’t bother to strap in their shoelaces before training.
A new report has laid out the reasons for Chelsea’s failures this season as it draws to a close
Frank Lampard has spoken regularly about improving the level of his Chelsea squad
Todd Boehly’s first year in charge of the Blues has been a disaster and changes are needed
The Blues squad is overcrowded, and it has been revealed that players often have to sit on the floor during team meetings – a situation which contributed to the downfall and eventual sacking of Graham Potter.
The large number of players reportedly allowed players to avoid attention in training, with some players going as far as not bothering to tie their shoelaces as they shuffled around the pitch.
When a player was late for the bus due to a siesta, it was not disputed. It is suggested that smirks or nods were the answers – staggeringly different from what you would expect at clubs such as Manchester City and Liverpool.
Reports suggest Lampard has addressed his group on more than one occasion to change the season and improve standards, with individual meetings booked, but the message failed to get across with more than half a dozen players who allegedly told their boss they wanted to leave.
The season could hardly have been worse for Todd Boehly in his first year in charge. He splashed out over £600million, went through at least four caretaker managers and led the team to what could be their worst ever Premier League finish.
Several players will leave. Acts such as Mykhailo Mudryk mocking someone at the gym on social media, players laughing after a loss and demands to leave show how much change is needed.
The American is quickly learning what it takes to lead a club the size of Chelsea. He will have to spend again, support new manager Mauricio Pochettino and turn around.