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Frank Lampard best understands Chelsea mentality but will expect to challenge next season

By stemiles196 • a week ago • 912 views • 314 comments

Perhaps Frank Lampard's great asset upon his return to Chelsea was that he understood better than most the mentality of this unique club.

Having survived the whirlwind revolution of the Roman Abramovich takeover as a player and thrived on the pressure it created he knew the demands and was under no illusions.

On tour, in Japan, this time last year, he refused to contemplate a season without competing for trophies despite the mitigating factors of a transfer ban and Eden Hazard's exit.

Excuses were available but Lampard was determined to set Chelsea's sights high.

His messaging has remained consistent ever since and, despite an indifferent start and blips along the way, has secured a top four finish.

To add the FA Cup would represent an excellent debut season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

'In one of our first conversations we had we agreed we couldn't accept not to fight for the things we wanted to fight for,' Cesar Azpilicueta told Sportsmail ahead of the final at Wembley Stadium.

'We knew the circumstances were difficult. We lost Eden, we couldn't sign new players. But the young players coming through were there because they deserved to be there.'

Azpilicueta describes Lampard's style as 'natural' and 'respectful'.

He is hands-on around the training sessions but he allows coaches Jody Morris, Joe Edwards and Chris Jones to be closer to the players.

During the lockdown, Tammy Abraham revealed he had received only the occasional text message from the head coach, although Lampard closely managed the situation around N'Golo Kante, who was concerned about health risks and reluctant to return to training.

Morris and Edwards know many of the young players well having worked in the club's academy.

Jones worked with the first team before he was tempted away to join Lampard and Morris at Derby in 2018.

Lampard is further removed which has probably helped him cast more authority.

Azpilcueta, Willian and David Luiz were the only survivors from his final season at the club as a player.

Luiz was quickly sold to Arsenal, an early marker from the new boss that there would be no sentiment at play.

Lampard can certainly not be accused of shirking big decisions. He jettisoned Luiz, left out new signing Christian Pulisic and has twice dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga, the world's most expensive goalkeeper.

He has chopped and changed the team with abandon, switching from a back-three to a back-four and various combinations of central defenders, clearly not entirely satisfied with any of the alternatives. Or just plain indecisive.

There is depth in the squad, though, which has helped and enabled him to make an impact during matches, especially since the rules changed to five substitutions, most notably at Aston Villa in the first game after restart and at Leicester in the FA Cup.

There have been opportunities for the academy graduates and yet they have not been immune from criticism or, more frequently, public reminders to keep working hard and not to relax and rest on their new, improved contracts.

Since his return from injury, Callum Hudson-Odoi has been regularly cajoled to keep his standards high in training.

Lampard grafted to make it as a player and, although times have changed and wages have soared in order to stop talented youngsters walking out, he will not be impressed if he thinks anyone is behaving like a star before they have achieved anything.

He knows how a winning mentality became second nature to players during Chelsea's most successful era and considers it vital to replicating that success as a coach.

As the season has neared completion, Lampard has come to lean more heavily on his senior players, such as Azpilicueta, Olivier Giroud and Willian.

Like all modern clubs, he has limitless access to the analysis tools and statistical data but, as he said recently, he uses his eyes first.

He has been surrounded by professional football his entire life and, although the game has changed since his father played for West Ham, he trusts his instincts.

Lampard has been businesslike, too, in front of the cameras. His media briefings are short and rarely give anything away.

And he seems to be holding it together in relations with the board aside from the January transfer window when he found it impossible to hide his annoyance at the failure to recruit new players despite fighting to successfully overturn the transfer ban.

In theory, Petr Cech should help him manage upwards, towards Marina Granovskaia and the executive tier because this is where things started to unravel for his predecessors Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.

When the Italians felt the pressure, they turned inwards, reverted to their native tongue and, as one Chelsea insider calls it, 'circled the wagons'.

Lampard, at least, has insider knowledge of the way Roman's Empire works. His skills managing upwards will be vital next season because the expectations will be different.

With money invested in Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and more signings expected to follow, he will be expected to move on to more significant prizes than the FA Cup.

He will be expected to close the gap on Liverpool and make a noise in Europe but he has earned the time to work towards the next stage.

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    Thank you for the article 

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    Thanks for the update and information very informative keep updating us really important 

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    Thanks for the sharing of information please keep updating 

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    I don't support Chelsea but I know that today is their day, they will win the trophy 

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    Frank Lampard is the big deal.

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    Thank for the update

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    Thanks for the update

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    Following up on this closely thank you for sharing the information

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    This a good coach 

    He will deliver next season

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    Thanks for the information and update

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    Following closely

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    Thankyou for the update

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    Thanks for the implementation 

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    Nice frank at least he knows the club in and out

     

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    True

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    Cool stuff.  Thanx for the information

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    Following

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    All the best Chelsea

    Thanks for sharing

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    these  are interesting stories

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    following

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    He will be expected to close the gap on Liverpool and make a noise in Europe but he has earned the time to work towards the next stage.

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    Thank you for the update and keep on updating us on more

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    i admire his determination. surely he has a plan to put chelsea on the top and he will do he just needs some time

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    Following

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    Having survived the whirlwind revolution of the Roman Abramovich takeover as a player and thrived on the pressure it created he knew the demands and was under no illusions

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    Thank you very much for sharing this information, it is very helpful

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    Great update indeed. but they have to do better.
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    Noted following closely keep updating thank you for the information

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    Awaiting for the next season yes we can do thank you for sharing the information above

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    that's true

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    Excuses were available but Lampard was determined to set Chelsea's sights high.

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    thats great ,cant wait for the next season

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    Well this is so true, chealsea has improved with Frank Lampard, I salute him

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    Following 

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    He will be expected to close the gap on Liverpool and make a noise in Europe but he has earned the time to work towards the next stage

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    Thank you for sharing

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    Go Chelsea with Lampard with us and the best players today is going to be our day

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    Excuses were available but Lampard was determined to set Chelsea's sights high.

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    Its true,  its mentality is really wayward

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    He definitely needs to up his game, especially if willian leaves cause he has been a miracle child for Chelsea time time

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    following

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    Frank Lampard is good when it comes to understanding

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    Football world very interesting article

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    Lampard has been a good coach...and will take this club to great heights 

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Been hearing a lot about Chelsea of late.

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    Okay 

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    This is interesting 

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    Thank you for sharing

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    Thanks for the information

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    thanks for this update it has really helped to get updated,...share more.

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    Following up on this and interesting

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    thank you for the soccer update for today here on primes

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    Good update

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    Thanks for the update

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    Well Frank that's to you 

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    Following Thanks for sharing keep us posted 🙏

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    Thanks for sharing

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    I have learned so much about football on this platform called PRIMES. Please continue updating us

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    Yes he will no doubt

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    He is realy doing great for his term. thanks so much for that sports update 

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    Fascinating article very informative and interesting 

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    Noted

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    following

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    Thanks alot for the information provided over sports am upto date now on the football happenings

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    Thank you for updating us 

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    You

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    This is a very interesting article thank you so much for sharing

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    Oh OK.. Noted with thanks

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    Ballacks contract with Bayern ended at the close of the 2005-06 season, which led to a heated bidding for his services by the top European ...
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    Lampard has been doing well. Thank you so much for sharing

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    Noted!

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    Updated

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    Thanks for information

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    Thanks for sharing this with

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Go Chelsea with Lampard with us and the best players today is going to be our day

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    Lampard has to bring a trophy if not fa then the uefa champions league to show that he is competent for the job

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    Following 

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    following

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    You will see he is going to be the best player next year just watch and see

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    Despite Chelseas roller-coaster history, an array of notable players have performed with the club. Top stars from the 1960s onward have included Bobby Tambling, Jimmy ...
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    Frank lampard keep going youll be one of the best

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    Something is coming from Chelsea. Other teams better be ready for it. 

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    Thanks for the update 

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    In one of our first conversations we had we agreed we couldn't accept not to fight for the things we wanted to fight for,' Cesar Azpilicueta told Sportsmail ahead of the final at Wembley Stadium.

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    Cool staff, great update indeed and following it closely. We appreciate you for sharing this Primes

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    frank lampard

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    It is really a game to watch and hope he will led them to success

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    Ohh nice,,thanks for the update and keep sharing this information on this platform 

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    So important

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    Football is not my thing I don't even follow it

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    I have been a huge fan of lampard since his playing days.. was glad he game back to our team to make us better.. Chelsea♥️

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    Thanks for sharing 

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    They are to do better and work harder,coz they are defending next season

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    This is an interesting article keep us updated thank you very much 

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    Ok

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    I feel this is a very tough fixture and should be looked into with urgency. 

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    Having survived the whirlwind revolution of the Roman Abramovich takeover as a player and thrived on the pressure it created he knew the demands and was under no illusions.

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    FOLLOWING THE FOLLOWING THE NEWS THANKS FOR THE UPDATE AND I LOOK 

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    following

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    Thank you very much... We are waiting for you Mr Frank l to see your skill 

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    Thank you so much for sharing such information with us on this platform

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    Thanks for the information

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