Lampard admits relationship with Villas-Boas is not ideal

Frank Lampard has admitted that his relationship with Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has been problematic this season, BBC Sport reports.

Lampard captained the Blues to a comfortable 3-0 win over struggling Bolton on Saturday and the 33 year old capped a good performance with the third Chelsea goal. Villas-Boas dropped Lampard for last Tuesday’s trip to Napoli in the Champions League and their frosty relationship has been well-documented this season. Lampard himself admits that there have been problems, but he wants to keep playing and score goals.

Lampard said: ‘I think, from the outside, you can probably see that it’s not been ideal, but the important thing is not to focus on individual relationships too much. It can only be negative and people do like to play on negatives. There have been certain issues. Certain players, we don’t like not to play. But it’s never a case of players throwing their toys out of the pram to the detriment of the club’.

Villas-Boas praised Lampard’s performance, but insists that it is not just the England international who is disappointed with being left out of the side. The former Porto boss believes it is natural for players to be upset if they do not play, just like Raul Meireles, Oriol Romeu and John Obi Mikel who did not start against Bolton.

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