December 13th, 2011
Chelsea FC: Super Sub Snub?
Does celebrating with the opposition goalkeeper and not your manager indicate problems in the dressing room. We wouldn’t like to speculate. Image: Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe.
Once upon a time, taking a team to the knockout stages of the Champions League as group winners and beating the league leaders would be sufficient to cement a manager’s credibility. At least until the end of the season.
Request declined, Andre. Would a hug from several thousand Kickettes take the edge off your pain?Image: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images.
But not anymore. Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas has done both of these things in the last week, and yet this morning his ability to lead the club has been questioned by the very player who scored the winning goal in last night’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City.
To compound speculation which arose after AVB’s touchy riposte to Gary Neville’s criticism (plus his request to be included in goal celebration hugs) Frank Lampard started last night’s match on the bench. He was on the pitch for approximately ten minutes before converting the penalty that won Chelsea the points, and also failed to cuddle his gaffer.
We’re experts on pointed snubs and that was a doozy. But it clearly wasn’t enough for Frankie, who in a post-match interview, stated he hadn’t spoken to AVB about his continuing omission from the starting line-up and therefore didn’t know the reasoning behind it.
Has AVB bitten off a little more than he can chew by messing with a Chelsea hero like Lampsy, Kickettes? Or do you feel it’s about time players learned that in big squads, rotation is the name of the game, regardless of who you are?