Frank Lampard: How the Chelsea manager became the best
Frank Lampard was one of the best midfielders of his generation, but how did he get there? He shows all to Patrick Davison on Soccer Saturday ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Manchester City, live on Sky Sports.
Lampard was best known for his time in Chelsea, where he won a variety of trophies and left 648 looks, including three Premier League titles and the Champions League after beginning his acting career in West Ham.
But how was it made by the Chelsea manager among the Premier League players? Lampard himself credits his parents for his drive to be successful.
He told Soccer Saturday:”It has thousands of hours of work, easy as that. I had been fortunate enough to develop in a football family that set me a job captain, particularly from my parents, who informed me I won’t get anything in life unless I absolutely dedicate myself and also work and I never lost this mindset in my playing career thankfully.
“I wasn’t a saint forever because you’ve got to be a individual, but in regards to your job, you have to know you can just escape soccer what you place in. It’s a school saying, however I believe it.
“By being a young boybeing told to run faster round the cube by my daddy, to if you’re in your late 20s or early 30s and you’re doing additional sprints or extra runs. These are all the ingredients.
“I remember playing against [Patrick] Vieira and his athleticism, his long legs and the way that he flicked the ball above my head a few occasions in Highbury and got it the other hand I was like’wow, all these levels are items I’m likely to need to try and reach’.
“Sometimes it wasn’t nice as it seems just like these gamers a thousand miles away from you, however you attempt to close the gap, you dedicate yourself to that which you can improve. Every young player has the very same thoughts, all of us have those days at a young age in which you feel you are nowhere near it and then it is up to you.”
There were lots of trophies for Lampard at Chelsea – Europa League, four FA Cups, a Champions League along with three Premier League titles to name a few – and that he credits his team-mates during these years for its achievement.
“Nobody can do it on their own, so I couldn’t, and you are as great as your team-mates off and on the pitch,” he further added.
“When I looked generally and the squad would change slightly year on year, however, we had that real center of players that you rely upon who had been personalities. They’d stand up in the difficult times as it’s easy on a run when you’re winning and rolling bands or anything, but it’s harder when you are questioned by folks.
“You wonder if you’re going to bounce back from a defeat or by a lousy run and luckily for me, once I think of the people I worked here at Chelsea, they had been why we managed to win names but also for me personally, to be a major portion of it.
“We tended to [send in big games] and that is why I respect such large teams. You look at Man City and Liverpool and exactly what they’re doing now, having been a player and understanding the expectation and requirements of playing with the likes of Liverpool multiple times from the Champions League and trying to perform on those big nights which were so important for us all.
“You realise much more when you complete that if you are able to create on those huge nights and do some thing particular, they’re moments that reside in history.
“They [the huge games] naturally take you to somewhere else. I really don’t think the preparation changes, I had been very meticulous with this and I did not change things going into these games, but also the buildup with the additional networking, the sensation on the morning when you wake up, the standing in the tube, the video the manager might show you regarding the players that you could come up against, they naturally bring up the levels with regards to how you’re feeling about the match.
“Then once you step out with the audience and the cameras are not there, of course it attracts another level for it which may be the deciding factor for you separately or as a group of where you are likely to get to.”
Now, Lampard is on the other side of the white line for a manager and will be directing his youthful Chelsea side into another big game as they accept Premier League champions – and one of Lampard’s former staff – Manchester City on Saturday Night Football.
But the 41-year-old does not want his side to be judged upon their performance in the Etihad alone.
“We are playing Man City and I am not going to judge us right now on that 1 game. We will be judged by me on what we’ve achieved till today we keep improving we work and where we go within a period.
“We know that when you go to Man City or some of those huge teams that you are able to lose, but what you have to do is give everything and not roll over, no matter what occurs, and you need to fight until the end and provide whatever you can like a team.
“We will not alter our plan hugely. Many folks ask if we are going to move there and shield or will we go and attack it is definitely going to be a part of the match and but you are likely to get to guard, it is about how well you do it.
“There is a balance for this for me and something is that we are playing nicely. I really don’t need to hide that and double knock them – they’re playing well and they should know that.
“However, another thing is, when you think of those teams, you do not know if you’re going to be judged at the conclusion of the season on those games since there are 38 matches in a season and we wish to win a massive majority of them.
“But you do know that when you come them up , the amount of detail and the finer moments of the game is going to be the deciding factor. I attempt to tell them that they are playing well let’s try and look up and look to the groups that have set criteria, notably Man City and Liverpool within the past two years, and we could aspire to be everywhere near to them”
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