In normal circumstances Premier League squads would be planning lavish Christmas parties over the coming fortnight.
But in the year of coronavirus, Frank Lampard will be reminding his Chelsea players of their responsibilities amid close attention and camera phones on every corner.
Speaking ahead of Saturday evening’s trip to face Everton at Goodison Park, Lampard said that he is not entirely certain of the rules and regulations around the current tier system but stressed how important it is for his players to act sensibly at a time of heightened scrutiny.
In any case social media has put a stop to the sort of shenanigans that were common during Lampard’s playing days.
“I will possibly have those conversations. I’d better read up on the tier system – there are certain factual things about tiers that a lot of us have doubts about,” he said.
“I know the basics and the players should do by now and I will reiterate to them their responsibilities.
“I think the Christmas party thing of yesteryear has mellowed now anyway regardless. Players are so well followed now on social media now that some of the parties I might have been involved in are a thing of the past.”
Lampard, however, does feel that the curtailment on socialising has made it more challenging for the new faces in his squad to bond.
“On a serious note, I do think we have missed out a bit,” he added. “We have new signings this year, a new fresh squad in a way. And we have missed the opportunity to go out to dinner together more often and it’s been one of the tough parts of Covid. But it’s the same for everybody.
“Responsibilities for players are big, as role models to the outside world, for their professional careers, to do the right thing particularly when they are playing so frequently over Christmas. They have to live differently to the rest of the public potentially and focus. That’s a constant reminder but yes, I will have those conversations.”