All good things must come to an end and gone are the days when Frank Lampard can expect to appear in every Premier League and Champions League match.
The midfielder was substituted at half-time in the recent match at Old Trafford and Andre Villas-Boas left him on the bench for Saturday’s 4-1 win over Swansea, something which saw tabloid journalists getting their knickers in a twist.
However, Villas-Boas made it clear after the game that Lampard remains an important member of the Chelsea squad and is clearly frustrated with how the situation is being reported, with some trouble-makers wanting to give the impression that the midfielder has not future at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea boss has branded most questions regarding Lampard as “negative” and stated that: “He’s an established player for Chelsea, for England, has nothing to prove to the football world.
“He’s a spectacular team player, a spectacular professional, and he will continue to succeed at this club I think – and I hope – for the remainder of my years at this club.
“I just go on managing my team and the biggest challenge of the manager is having everybody motivated.
“Everybody wants to play, so everybody competes for a place.
“There’s no mystique in this situation. It’s the day-by-day life of management.”