Frank Lampard and John Terry have pledged their trust in new manager Andre Villas-Boas, and their loyalty to the club, after the Blues completed their sixth pre-season win to be crowned the Barclays Asia Trophy champions.
Chelsea captain Terry called for stability as the players looked to galvanise around their new boss, while his vice-captain Lampard dismissed reports that the manager had to impress the players, insisting that the reverse was true.
Lampard said: "You want to impress. I want to impress him now at the age of 33 just the same as I did when I was 22. Simple as that. We are here to impress as individuals, and we want to make the group successful. We will always respect the manager, and that applies with any manager we get.
"I read that he has to gain our respect instantly, and it's never like that at football clubs. It certainly isn't for me personally, and it wouldn't be for John Terry.
" Chelsea's 30-year-old centre back echoed the sentiment of his international colleague, heaping praise upon his new manager, who led the Blues to a 2-0 win against Aston Villa in the final of the Asia Trophy.
"Hopefully he can bring us a lot of trophies because he’s a fantastic manager. He’s learned from the best and he wants to be that," said Terry.
"I’ve spoken to people at the club and they said as soon as they sat down and spoke with him they realised he was the right man for the job.
"So what we need now is stability. I stressed it a couple of years ago and we thought we had it when Carlo came in. Hopefully we have it now. The manager needs to be trusted. Everything needs to be his decision. If he gets that I’m sure we’ll get the stability I think the club needs.
"He’s the type of manager who can do everything. He can let you know when he’s upset or when he’s pleased with you. He can pull you to one side and talk to you and he’s approachable. He wants to be the ideal manager and I think he’ll do well."
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