Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was one of several stars who were left baffled by Frank Lampard’s supposed lack of tactics at Stamford Bridge.
According to a new report, multiple members of the first-team playing squad were confused by the lack of direction handed to the team by the former England midfielder.
Lampard, who was sacked by the club on Monday amid ‘no clear path to sustained improvement’, is set to be replaced by Thomas Tuchel before the visit of Wolves on Wednesday.
While details regarding the nature of Lampard’s relationship with his squad continue to emerge, it has been alleged that Kepa was one of those to have an issue.
The Athletic have reported that Kepa was one of several senior players that felt as though Lampard did not offer sufficient support or clear tactical instruction.
They add that it was left to director Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech to help the club’s record signing through his ongoing poor run of form.
In addition, it is said that although talks between Lampard and Kepa improved at the start of the season, that communication came to an end following the arrival of Edouard Mendy.
Lampard said of his departure: “Firstly, I would like to thank the fans for the incredible support that I have received over the last 18 months. I hope they know what that means to me.
“When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club.
“I am proud of the achievements that we made, and I am proud of the academy players that have made their step into the first team and performed so well. They are the future of the club.
“I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring it to the next level.
“I want to thank Mr Abramovich, the board, players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and challenging times.
“I wish the team and the club every success for the future.”
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