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Chelsea are exceeding all expectations so far this campaign.
Many thought the Blues would struggle this term, but they now sit third in the Premier League table. They are even ahead of Manchester City by one point, and they will now face the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium in their first game after the international break.
Of course, with no club action on the field to fill the back pages and social media sites, other stories are coming to the fore. One picture that has done the rounds so far is the Chelsea’s fine list which has been leaked on Twitter by GiveMeSport.
It seems that the Stamford Bridge outfit’s stars are being kept in line, and any failure to do so will result in them needing to pay a hefty fee to the club. Amongst the sanctions are being late for training – which will cost any first-team player £20,000 – whilst failing to report an injury or illness within the expected time delay will result in a payment of £10,000.
Even minor infringements, such as a ringing phone during a team meal or meeting, will cost any member of the squad a four digit number.
This list of punishments has been signed by none other than Frank Lampard, the club’s boss who returned to SW6 from Derby County during the summer, and it shows exactly what kind of management and regime he is leading in south-west London.
Many questioned whether the 41-year-old had the experience to manage the Blues, especially during the two-window transfer ban which has been much publicised. However, he has done a fantastic job up until now, and imposing these kind of fines shows that he will take no prisoners at Cobham.
It also sets an example for the club’s younger players. They have, and will be given chances on the pitch in the future, but they must first treat the privilege they have of playing for one of the best teams in the Premier League with the respect it deserves.
As Lampard continues to receive praise for the work he is doing, this is just another example of the tight ship he is keeping at Chelsea. If they want to challenge this season, this will go a long way to helping them.