11 quotes to explain Frank Lampard’s philosophy as manager
Chelsea fans are excited by the prospect of being managed by Frank Lampard in the Premier League – but what can they expect from the relatively inexperienced boss?
Lampard, an icon at Stamford Bridge as a player, has replaced Maurizio Sarri as manager after just a single season in charge of Derby County, who he guided to the play-off final.
We’ve taken a look at what has been said about Lampard’s style of management, including plenty of insight from the man himself.
In a wide-ranging interview with Goal in March 2019, Lampard spoke at length about his football philosophy at Derby.
“In terms of style of play, I want to play good football. We want to try to play. We have been one of the teams in the Championship this season who try to play. We try to move the ball through the pitch, rather than being too direct, that’s not my style. It is not the way I want to play.
“I want my team to play good football, but on the other side of that, I want them to be really aggressive and win the ball back. So I don’t like to try and put myself into one style of play. I think it is important to be adaptable in terms of systems.”
One of Chelsea’s brightest prospects and expected to play a part in the first team next season, Mount impressed on loan at Derby under Lampard and reiterated his manager’s comments about wanting to win the ball high up the pitch.
“Being a Chelsea midfielder, I would always watch him and try to take things from his game,” Mount told FourFourTwo.
“This season he’s taught me a lot about timing my movements into the penalty area and getting into the right positions, as well as pressing when we don’t have the ball.”
The on-loan Liverpool winger echoed Mount’s assessment on Lampard’s demands off the ball when talking about his brief switch to a more central role in midfield.
“I spoke with the gaffer and we all know what a fantastic number eight he was. He’s not a bad person to learn from!” Wilson told the Derby Telegraph.
“He gave me a few tips on how to play there and just told me to get on the ball as much as I can – and when we haven’t got the ball, try to get out and press.”
The Chelsea winger reflected Wilson and Mount’s comments after playing under Lampard for the first time in the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Irish outfit Bohemians in pre-season.
“We’ve been training really hard with Frank this week. It’s very hard work, high intensity,” he said.
“We’re pressing a lot without the ball, when we’ve got the ball we have to move it quickly, and in transition (we have to be) very good.
“It’s very good to work under Frank. He’s a legend at this club.
“He’s a very good coach with very good ideas but it’s only five days working with him and for the future we have to prepare very well this month.”
“High intensity” is a recurring phrase when it comes to Lampard’s style, and Chelsea defender Azpilicueta says his new boss set his stall out early on in pre-season training.
“We want to play with high intensity and we want to be dominant in games, the manager has explained how he wants us to play and we are all enjoying the camp so far.”
Back to the man himself and the interview with Goal, Lampard explained how he has been influenced by the managers he played under.
“I try to be myself; I think that’s very important,” he said. “Copying anyone as a manager is a mistake. You have to find your own methods or your own ways.
“I certainly have no fear of tapping into a bit of the managers that I have worked with over the years, but I don’t think that I am similar to any of them.
“I try to take positive points from a lot of people I worked with. In terms of how I work, you have to be reactionary in games, but I try to take things in throughout the week and get all the information.
“Be as prepared as I can be and thorough with the staff that I have got. Then make decisions having done that work which I think gives you the best opportunity to have that success.”
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Hasselbaink was a former team-mate of Lampard’s at Stamford Bridge and compared the ex-England international to another famous Chelsea leader, John Terry.
“They’re both totally different,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports. “They both have leadership.
“Frank was a lot quieter, JT was more vocal, but you could see he (Lampard) was a leader. You would always think JT would become a manager more, but Frank was a leader in his own right.
“Not as vocal, but always doing the right thing, always leading forward and always taking people with him but in a more quieter and respectable way.
“Don’t get me wrong, JT was respectable, but in a different way and in a different manner. They both have got that qualify of being a leader, and they both have won a lot in this game so they can give that experience to their players.”
On the topic of data analysis, Lampard offered an intriguing nugget into how he works with his backroom staff in the interview with Goal.
“We are very forward-thinking here at Derby. I came into the club that was already forward-thinking before I got here.
“We have got a fantastic analysis department. We are trying to certainly stay at the top of the game in that aspect. In the modern game, it is important that you use data and analysis. It is never my first call, but it is always a huge part of the process to be ahead of the game.”
He added: “As a manager, I certainly don’t get involved in areas that are not my strength and you have to trust in the people that you have got working in those areas to try to maximise performance at the end of the day.”
Derby owner Morris heaped plenty of praise on Lampard during his first season as a manager, and his comments on the “environment” created by the rookie boss were often echoed by Rams players.
“Frank has brought the buzz back to the place,” Morris told the Daily Telegraph. “He has created a special environment.
“It wasn’t about him being a celebrity, it was about somebody giving us excitement. He has an aura, like all great managers.”
Fabregas kept a close eye on Derby last season and had already been given an insight into Lampard’s ideas on how the game should be played while working alongside each other as pundits for the 2018 World Cup.
“I think he has done a really impressive job,” Fabregas said in June. “It’s his first ever job. He changed many things. I saw him in Russia with the BBC (when working at the World Cup) and he had a very difficult squad, an older squad full of players at the end of their contracts as well.
“He renewed completely the squad, took on young players. He played a really aggressive style, attacking football. Really for a first ever job, I think he has done really good.”
Plenty is expected of Lampard in terms of blooding young players through at Chelsea next season, and he has spoken of his desire to see players buy into his philosophy at Stamford Bridge, referring to Callum Hudson-Odoi specifically.
“I want players at this club who are not passing through, not here as a means to another move,” he told Sky Sports.
“The fans relate to passion, work ethic, players that love the badge.”
He added: “Callum knows how I feel, I’ve spoken to him. I think he can be absolutely central to this team.
“We all care for the players at this club, particularly the young players – it’s important I show that. Then the decision will be his and the club’s together.”