Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard admits his relationship with manager Andre Villas-Boas isn't the best. Lampard did not want to dwell on any problems the pair might have had, however.

He said of their relationship: "I think, from the outside, you can probably see that it's not been ideal but the important thing is not to focus on individual relationships too much.

"It can only be negative and people do like to play on negatives."

Speculation about dressing-room unrest has been rife of late, amid reports Lampard was not the only senior player who did not see eye to eye with Villas-Boas.

Lampard added: "There have been certain issues. Certain players, we don't like not to play. But it's never a case of players throwing their toys out of the pram to the detriment of the club."