Frank Lampard: I respect former Chelsea managers like Mourinho and Ancelotti but I do it my own way


FRANK LAMPARD will be doing it his way at Chelsea – without the advice from his old managers.

There has been a text from Guus Hiddink since landing his dream job less than three weeks ago but no long conversations with Jose Mourinho or Carlo Ancelotti.

Frank Lampard signs autographs for fans in Japan
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Frank Lampard reacts during Chelseas defeat to Kawasaki Frontale

None of the glittering list of bosses he played for coped with a transfer ban while at Stamford Bridge anyway, which Lampard faces while rivals spend big.

And no manager has seen at first-hand the changes at Chelsea AND Manchester City that changed the face of the Premier League.

Lampard’s new Chelsea side suffered their first set-back on Friday, with a humiliating 1-0 defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.

These are all managers I respect. But I try to learn via myself, via daily working with the players. If I ever felt the need to reach out I would but we all have to find our own way.

Lampard said: “I’m not picking up the phone because if I rang up Carlo Ancelotti and asked him about a situation, it would potentially be so different from the situation he dealt with.

“So I don’t go searching for that so much.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had texts with Jose and I have a good relationship with Carlo.

“Guus Hiddink sent me a message this week which was very nice. These are all managers I respect.

“But I try to learn via myself, via daily working with the players.

“If I ever felt the need to reach out I would but we all have to find our own way.”

Lampard is on the 68th floor of the Landmark Tower in Yokohama, from such a height you can see Tokyo and Mount Fuji.

For Lampard, the view of the Premier League landscape is different to when he was part of Roman Abramovich’s revolution 16 years ago when Chelsea’s owner splashed out on getting the best players to the club.

The Fifa transfer ban means Lamps will be relying on youngsters coming through to support a squad without Eden Hazard – a huge change from 2003.

Chelsea’s Kenedy, left, and Frontale’s Hidemasa Morita
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Pulisic is happy to be working with boss Lampard, despite loss in Japan

Lampard said: “It upset everybody because nobody was ready for it.

“Now we know the standards are so high, whether that’s City or Liverpool or Chelsea or Tottenham, all these teams are pushing. It’s much more competitive now.

“I am reading every day about City buying, United are going to buy – all these teams are going to do business. And that’s obviously going to strengthen them.

“So we have to be realistic on that point, for sure. But then when I’m working with the players and I see daily the quality that we have here I think we have a really competitive squad.

“Can we win the league? It’s going to be a big ask, but we have to set out with that mindset.”

It has been a whirlwind for Lampard rejoining the club he loves and going straight on tour – he has only been back to their Cobham HQ twice in his new role.

“As a player tried to be low-maintenance on those terms really and that corridor towards the manager’s office is somewhere you didn’t venture much but now it’s where I’ll be,” he said.

Kawasaki Frontale’s Leandro Damiao scores their winning goal
Frabnk Lampard says a club with Chelseas stature should always be targeting the Premier League title, but accepts there is a big gap to make up
Frabnk Lampard says a club with Chelseas stature should always be targeting the Premier League title, but accepts there is a big gap to make up
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His new office is different as it has moved across the corridor since he stopped playing – but the winning mentality has remained at the club.

Lampard credits Mourinho with changing the way he thought as a player, helping him go onto win the Champions League and three Premier League titles.

Then at his brief spell at City he saw another team looking to shake-up the Premier League with big spending and a hunger for glory.

“There is a correlation about what Chelsea did in 2003-04 and to what City did,” he said. “They came in, they changed the landscape, they had slightly different ways of doing it maybe, that’s normal.

“But what I did see was two clubs in their slightly different ways that were so hungry to be winners, to change and set standards that were really high.

“The basics behind the scenes were similar.

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“I absolutely got what I felt at Chelsea the years before which was that it was a club that was full behind the scenes of people that had been there years and seen tough times, and that had a new push and drive from the top to be a top team. So I basically saw that, and you can see that as I left Guardiola’s come along.

“Particularly in the Guardiola period we have seen a performance level that rivals any generation, any era of football.

Lamps reckons his year at City “certainly helped” him get the Chelsea just a year into his managerial career.

He did not think about becoming a manager until his 30s, around the time of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s brief reign.

And there is a change of mindset now. As a player he won personal accolades as Chelsea’s highest scorer with 211 goals as the team team won trophies.

Those extra sprinting and shooting sessions after training paid off.

Now he is thinking about his whole squad rather than how he can personally impact on his team.

He said: “You can’t love every manager and you can’t love every player but you have to work together.

“When you are an individual player you are relatively selfish most of the time, in terms of worrying about yourself day-to-day, to be fit and play at your best.

“When you get a bit older you realise you have to be much more selfless and take responsibility for everyone. Those moments with the managers come back to you I suppose.”


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