Desailly lifts lid on booze culture
By Philip Seery
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The French international joined The Blues from Milan back in 1998 and has been shocked by the off-the-field antics of some of his fellow players.
"The problem with certain Englishmen is drinking to excess, the systematic search for drunkenness," explains Desailly in his book 'Capitaine', published in France on Wednesday.
"At Chelsea it got out of hand a few years ago. I remember, in particular, one fine victory over Galatasaray in Turkey.
"The bottles were going round the rows of the seats on the way back in the plane.
"We were all in an incredibly euphoric state. I was more than happy, seriously tipsy. But two or three players went too far. Someone started to sing and made fun of the manager in abusive terms."
The then Chelsea boss, Gianluca Vialli imposed an alcohol ban shortly afterwards but it proved difficult to keep some of the Blues stars in line.
Claudio Ranieri, the new Chelsea manager, has moved quickly to cut out drunken antics in the capital club, with John Terry, Jody Morris and summer signing Frank Lampard three Englishmen who have been slapped on the wrists for overstepping the mark.
Desailly insists as skipper he tries to influence the attitude of the young Englishmen in a positive way but can not help them outside of training.
"Now Ranieri has given me the captain's armband, I can try to lecture them," added the former Marseille ace.
"But my influence has its limits. I am not responsible for what the lads do when they leave our training ground at Harington."