Tuchel reveals the Frank Lampard rule he won’t continue at Stamford Bridge

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Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was a strict disciplinarian during his time as manager, and fines for lateness was a normal thing when he was in charge of the club. Players admitted to paying fines for being a minute late under the former gaffer.

Under Lampard, Chelsea players would be fined as much as £20,000 for arriving late to training.

However, new boss Thomas Tuchel has tried to calm things down at Cobham, and has rather urged the players to do the right thing, as he insists that he won’t go about policing the players to pay fines for being a minute late.

“I have no complaints – everybody has been on time, nobody was ever late for a meeting or out on the pitch,” Tuchel said. “If a player arrives at 10.01 or 9.59 I am not the police. I won’t be hanging around the window checking the time and I expect my players to take care of that.”

He then revealed his aim for building harmony, as he added: “If you want to live together in harmony everybody needs to accept certain values of how the family is run. I’m more into trusting and feeling the same values and convincing them about the values than setting the rules and fines.

“I’m not against fines but I think it should be something in the dressing room…. when you arrive and have an appointment with the physio or doctor you arrive on time.

“This is absolutely normal if they do this with fines. Then they can have a nice dinner or a nice holiday together.”

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