Ashley Cole has admitted Chelsea players were not prepared to work hard under former coach Andre Villas-Boas.
Villas-Boas lasted nine months at Stamford Bridge amid dressing room spats and disappointing results.
Ashley Cole said in an interview with ESPN ‘There were some players who didn’t want to work hard for Villas-Boas,’. ‘But as soon as [Roberto] Di Matteo arrived, that all changed.’
Di Matteo managed to conjure more fight and belief from Chelsea, who stunningly beat Bayern Munich on penalties after Didier Drogba’s late equaliser in normal time at the Allianz Arena.