New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has insisted he has no issue with so-called ‘player power’ within his Blues squad.
During his playing days at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s players were often alleged to have talked directly to club owner Roman Abramovich, with many speculating that several senior members of the dressing room played a significant role in the fate of the clubs managers.
However, Lampard seems unperturbed by suggestions he could be on the end of similar treatment and revealed that he wants his players to show ‘personality’ and hit out at suggestions that the current Chelsea squad lacks character.
“We had a strong dressing room which was part of the success,” Lampard told the press during his sides pre-season preparations in Ireland.
“So I want player power in the dressing room. I think players must have personality.
“It’s far too easy to say from the outside that there aren’t personalities in the dressing room.
“I haven’t been in the dressing room recently so I’ll be very intrigued to work with the players.
“I certainly wouldn’t say there isn’t player power or personality when you talk about David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, who won the World Cup a year ago, Jorginho coming into the club, Olivier Giroud who won the World Cup, Willian.
“And players show personalities in different ways. So you don’t have to have John Terry and Didier Drogba, who were powerful personalities. You can have players who might look slight and might have different ways about them that can be powerful. I want the players to own it.”
Chelsea play their first pre-season game against League of Ireland side Bohemians on Monday.
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