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Chelsea's Lampard denies questioning Scolari training methods

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has rubbished reports he and John Terry confronted manager Luiz Felipe Scolari over his training methods.

"That's completely inaccurate. First of all, John Terry and I have far too much respect for the manager to go barnstorming into him to say this and that," Lampard told the News of the World.

"From a player's point of view, if things are going wrong out on the pitch then you look at yourself first.

"So much of it is down to what you do each day in training - how hard have you worked, how much pressure have you put yourself under?

"Because if you don't train well, you don't play well. That's the basics of football and that should never be lost. That's why we must look at ourselves first. We are all big enough to know that. If fingers are being pointed at Scolari that's harsh. That's not right.

"He has come over here and been like a breath of fresh air and a great ambassador for the club. This club needs a big, strong personality as manager - Mourinho was that and so too is Scolari.

"The manager is certainly no fool - just consider what he has done, what he has won and the people he has worked with. He will have his own idea on what's been going wrong and how to put it right and he will do whatever's necessary.

"But he's also a very approachable guy too - so yes, we do speak to the manager.

"He actually looks to work closely with his captain and captains. Every good manager I have had has done that. Obviously when things are going great and you are winning 5-0 here and 3-0 there things take care of themselves.

"Now we have stuttered slightly with our home form. We've found it hard to break teams down.

"We want to find the reasons why, find the solutions to the little problems that have come up. But we were not reading the riot act to the manager, far from it. It's a collective thing, and mainly it's down to us as players.

"So all this talk of dissent in the camp is simply people trying to make a crisis out of it when it's nothing like that."

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