Chelsea players have arrived late for the team bus on at least one occasion this season after going home to sleep amid the club’s poor standards, according to a report.
The Blues have had one of their worst seasons in recent memory this campaign and are to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League, with a finish of as low as 14th possible.
Manager Frank Lampard has regularly spoken of the players improving their standards if they want to be successful again, although the Blues boss has regularly been the one taking the flack.
The club’s all-time record goal scorer is the man who speaks in the media and has to answer to the full-time jeers at Stamford Bridge, yet a new report has suggested the club’s struggles root deeper than the manager.
According to The Telegraph, at least one player has had a post-training nap and missed the team bus, half of dozen of squad have openly admitted they want to leave and some haven’t bothered to tie their laces ahead of training. The Blues squad is overcrowded, with it revealed that players often have to sit on the floor in team meetings – a situation that contributed to the downfall and eventual sacking of Graham Potter.
The sheer volume of players reportedly allows players to avoid attention in training, with some going as far as not bothering to do their laces up as they trudge onto the practice field.
When a player has been late for the bus because of a nap, it has gone unchallenged. It is suggested that smirks or shakes of the head have been the responses – incredibly different to what one would expect at clubs such as Manchester City and Liverpool.
Reports suggest Lampard has addressed his group on more than one occasion about turning the season around and improving standards, with individual meetings booked, but the message has failed to get through with over half a dozen players reportedly telling their boss they want to leave.
The season could scarcely have gone worse for owner Todd Boehly in his first year in charge. He has spent over £600 million, gone through four at least interim managers and led the side 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 defeat and the requests to depart showcase how badly change is needed.
The American is learning quickly what it takes to be in charge of a club the size of Chelsea. He will have to spend again, back new manager Mauricio Pochettino and turn the sinking ship around.
- The Daily Mail report