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Talks of player power was a regular thing in the Chelsea team of yesteryears. Under the old guard, Chelsea were at its most successful state, and the big figures in the Chelsea dressing room were believed to play a huge role in not only the success of the team, but the exit of some managers as well.
Frank Lampard who was part of the old guard is now the manager of Chelsea, and when asked about player power, he revealed that it has its negative and positive sides to it.
“Having been in those squads, I can state clearly that sometimes how that player power phrase got relayed out to the open world and how it was inside was not always the same thing,” Lampard stated.
“Player power can be two things, it can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing, and a lot of times in my time here at club, when you have a strong squad of players in their prime performing at the top level there will still be dips but they have personality and they dig in and and find a way, that’s what players do at top clubs who are successful time and time again.
“Where we are at the minute means we have been off the pace in terms of winning the Premier League for a few years so we’re not in that. When you’re in a rebuild you’re searching for anything that can help this squad grow because as it’s growing there are tough times, they have to react and get over it. Then there’s another tough time and they have to react and get over that.
“The players have to do that, so for me I’m looking closely now at the players, as I look at myself, because the players will do it on the pitch but I’m always at the forefront of it, to find how they react and dig in as a group because a lot of them are young, some are very new, it’s a big ask to ask young players and players fresh to this club to be like the players who have been here for many years and seen it all before. Other teams around in the Premier League have that, we do not have that, so that’s the first part of player power.”