27 November 2019 12:39
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has called out the behaviour of Ross Barkley, but admitted that he won't be overreacting but dishing out a harsh punishment. The 25-year-old has been out of action for more than five weeks with an ankle injury which has ruled him out of Wednesday's Champions League trip to Valencia. The former Everton man attracted bad headlines earlier this season after an incident with a taxi driver, and Lampard is aware that his content can be questioned. He said: "There are two separate issues; one is the headlines this week. Ross knows how I felt about the first headline.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has expressed disappointment in a 'lack of professionalism' from Ross Barkley after the midfielder was seen dancing shirtless at a nightclub. Barkley, who has been out of action since October because of injury, was allowed to travel to Dubai for a short warm-weather break during international week. It was there that he was reported to have had the night out in question, and while the player was not actively doing anything wrong, it is the second time this season his professionalism has been called into question. Barkley had a run-in with taxi driver after a night out in October. It was reported at the time that the former Everton player appeared to drunk when arguing with the driver over money, having spilt chips in the back of the vehicle.
"It's not something that I want to be a pure dictator about and come down hard on, because I also understand all my players are humans and have lives and I don't think it's a terrible thing that he's done." Lampard has worked hard to instil discipline in the Chelsea squad this season and the list of hefty fines he has imposed, primarily for lateness, recently went viral after it was leaked online. For more from Jamie Spencer, follow him on Twitter and Facebook! Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has endured a difficult season so far, and hasn't featured since October. Frank Lampard has admitted to Football London that Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is still recovering from injury. Barkley created headlines again this week, as he was pictured out partying during the international break.
The England international could face a real fight to earn a place back in Chelsea's team when he does return to full fitness, as Lampard's options in his position are plentiful. Chelsea are next in action later this evening against Valencia, but Barkley is not in Lampard's side's squad. Tammy Abraham has admitted Chelsea's pivotal Champions League at Valencia is the biggest game of his fledgling career. The 22-year-old striker admitted playing in Europe's top-tier club competition is "a dream come true", but insisted he now has to treat it like his day job in order to thrive. Abraham revealed he scours Youtube for clips of the world's top strikers to steal elements of their play in a bid to reach his peak, ahead of Wednesday's vital Mestalla showdown. Chelsea can secure safe passage to the knockout stages with a victory in Spain, but Valencia can do exactly the same – leaving Abraham well aware the pressure is on. Asked if this is the biggest game of his career, Abraham replied: "I would say so, definitely, I would say so. Player ratings: Manchester City vs Chelsea Show all 22 left Created with Sketch. right Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. "Before the first game against Valencia, Mason (Mount), Fikayo (Tomori) and I were warming up together and it didn't feel real at that point, that we were all in the Champions League together. "Hearing the Champions League music in the background; we were all in the Championship the season before. In my spare time I go on Youtube and watch all the best strikers in the world play in this competition, stealing their ideas and adding it to my game. Harry Kane, Aguero, Firmino, they are Premier League strikers obviously, but then there's guys like Lewandowski and all sorts of players who have played in this competition before." Chelsea travelled to Spain without injured midfielder Ross Barkley, with boss Frank Lampard admitting the England star showed a "lack of professionalism" when pictured shirtless in a nightclub during the international break. Barkley is battling back from ankle trouble, and while he still has his manager's backing, Lampard was quick to challenge the 25-year-old to shape up. "There are two separate issues, one is the headlines this week, Ross knows how I felt about the first headline," said Lampard. But he showed a moment of a lack of professionalism as far as I'm concerned. "It's not something that I want to be a pure dictator about and come down hard on, because I also understand all my players are humans and have lives. So he just has to work his way back in, in terms of the fitness thing, and train well. "I like Ross, he's certainly one of my players. LONDON: Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said injured midfielder Ross Barkley showed a lack of professionalism after a video emerged of him shirtless in a nightclub during the international break. Barkley, 25, has not played since Oct 19 due to an ankle injury. "He showed a lack of professionalism as far as I'm concerned," Lampard told reporters ahead of Chelsea's Champions League trip to Valencia later on Wednesday. "It's not something I want to come down hard on because I understand all my players are humans and have lives. I don't police every moment of their lives." Barkley made nine appearances for Chelsea this season before injuring his ankle against Newcastle United last month and Lampard said the midfielder had still not fully recovered. "He's still kind of carrying an injury, so he just has to work his way back in and train well," Lampard added. Chelsea are second in Group H, level on seven points with leaders Ajax Amsterdam and third-placed Valencia.