Frank Lampard has made an excellent start to his tenure in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat. It’s been four-and-a-half months since the club legend was appointed as the replacement for Maurizio Sarri.
With a transfer ban in place, and Eden Hazard departing for Real Madrid – You would be forgiven for thinking it was going to be a difficult season for the rookie manager.
The 41-year-old spent his first season in management at Derby County. The Rams came close to promotion to the premier league, losing at Wembley in the Championship play-off final to Aston Villa.
Lampard has shown great faith in Chelsea’s academy. Something that hasn’t been seen at Stamford Bridge for many years. In truth, The Blues have performed beyond expectations. Sitting in the top four of the premier league, Champions League progression within reach, as we approach the half-way stage of the season.
It’s still early days, a lot can happen between now and next May, but as starts go, Lampard is building something that is starting to look special.
Talking exclusively to Talksport, The Blues boss shared how it feels to be Chelsea manager. He said:
“I am loving it. It is a huge thing of pride for me; everyone knows how I feel about the club”.
Lampard is well aware of the demands of the job. He added:
“I am working hard, all the staff are working hard, and the players are working hard, and I want it to be a success. During the process you can’t always appreciate how much you are loving it because you are working daily. But genuinely, I am”.
The club’s all-time top goalscorer is also aware that more work needs to be done to cut out errors, and improve to succeed.
“There is lots and lots of work that needs to be done, but things like last night are little parts of the story. There are things we must learn – we can’t give sloppy goals away and can’t have sleepy moments”.
There is a huge buzz around the club at the moment. Fans are excited by Lampard’s use of youth. It’ll be a long time until The Blues boss can be truly evaluated on his managerial credentials. But he’s the right the man for job, getting results and has brought excitement back to Stamford Bridge.