Frank Lampard Ready to Become the 'Bad Cop' at Chelsea to Help Improve Young Stars

​Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has already shown that he can play the "bad cop" role at Stamford Bridge, according to assistant Jody Morris.

The 41-year-old largely hit the ground running in west London, with Chelsea already sitting five points clear inside the top four as well as being into the knockout stages for the Champions League.

Lampard's been widely praised for his work with young players at Chelsea this season, but his assistant Morris has stressed the former England international isn't afraid to give his players "a kick up the backside" when it's needed.

Frank Lampard

"We are different personalities, but there have certainly been moments when he's 100 per cent the bad cop," Morris said, quoted by Sky Sports"Maybe I'm just a bit more of a moody face than he is on the touchline!

"I think there are elements where things need to be said, and 99 per cent of the time it's him that says it.

"You have to take the players individually at times when you have to weigh up how you would treat them and I certainly know the manager does that.

"He has close relationships with some of them. But if he has to give some of them a kick up the backside he has no problem doing it.

"We are in a man's game, we're in a big competition week in week out and you do need to come under the umbrella of being a first-team player now and that you have to perform.

"And I think they have been [performing] to be honest."

Chelsea's impressive form this season has been hindered by their results at Stamford Bridge - most recently losing to Bournemouth and Southampton, despite beating both Arsenal and Tottenham away from home.

The Blues do still have a five-point lead inside the top four, but there are six teams who are within touching distance of Chelsea heading into the new year.

Lampard will get a breather from Premier League action when they host Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, but he'll already have one eye on a brutal run of games of the next six weeks which includes matches against Arsenal, Leicester CityManchester United, Tottenham and both legs against Bayern Munich.

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Source : 90min