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Lampard relationship with Villas-Boas ‘not ideal’

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Lampard admits Chelsea tension (©GettyImages)
Lampard admits Chelsea tension (©GettyImages).

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has lifted the lid on his strained relationship with Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas.

The Stamford Bridge club halted a run of five games without a win when they saw off Bolton 3-0 in the Premier League yesterday.

Lampard scored the last of the three and admitted that life hasn’t been easy for him and a number of players since the arrival of Villas-Boas in the summer.

“I think you can probably see that it's not been ideal. There have been certain issues. Certain players, we don't like not to play,” he said in The Sun.

“I'm sure we're all frustrated at the minute. Everyone who's involved, especially people who have got Chelsea in their hearts, who have been here a long time and want to see us performing as we should do.

“It doesn't mean I want to play every game and, if I sit on the bench, I want to see Chelsea win.

“It's never a case of players throwing their toys out of the pram to the detriment of the club.”

The England midfielder’s goal was his 150th league strike and took his tally for the year to ten – becoming the first man to score at least ten Premier League goals in nine consecutive seasons.

David Luis and Didier Drogba were the other scorers in a victory that saw Chelsea move back above Arsenal into fourth in the league, with the Gunners set for a crucial north London derby on Sunday.

Villas-Boas will be relieved that a win ended what was a tough week for him with intense speculation over his future following Champions League defeat to Napoli.

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