Chelsea Players Lacked Spirit And Motivation Last Season – Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard (Getty Images)

Cites bloated squad as one of the negative factors

Former Chelsea Coach, Frank Lampard has revealed the reasons for the poor performance of the team in the past season.

Lampard who coached the team in an interim capacity after the sack of Graham Potter, revealed that the squad was bloated and lacked team spirit and motivation.

He also said the training levels were nowhere near enough for a Premier League side.

Lampard spoke all these on a podcast interview and was very particular about the lack of team spirit and togetherness which are essential for success as a football team.

He said many of the Chelsea players were just marking time and waiting for the season to just go away instead of putting in the needed work to make the season a success.

Lampard admitted he struggled to motivate the team especially the players that were not featuring regularly in matches who had made up their minds that they were probably leaving at the end of the season.

Recall that Chelsea new owners spent a record amount of cash recruiting new players which has not paid off in improved performance and results.  Chelsea were said to have spent over  £600m in fees for new players for last season alone. That brought the first team numbers to above 30 which made it too crowded and untidy to achieve cohesion and team spirit

Frank Lampard was brought in to replace Graham Potter after a long string of poor performances and consistent losses for the former Champions League Winning team.  Lampard was also sacked earlier in the season by Everton for a string of losses which put the team straight in the relegation zone

After the debacle of last season, there has been a heavy clear out of players from the team. First team players like Ngolo Kante, Edouard Mendy, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Caesar Azpilicueta, Cristian Pulisic and Kalidou Koulibaly have all departed the team.

Chelsea have also brought in former Tottenham and Paris St Germain coach, Mauricio Pochettino to try and steady the ship for the new season. Pochettino now has one of the youngest teams in the premiership. However, this team is certainly full of winners and the Chelsea hierarchy would be expecting no less in the new season, from their new Argentine coach.

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