Frank Lampard admits he feels the “high levels of pressure” that come with working under Roman Abramovich at Chelsea.
The 41-year-old enjoyed great success in his 13-year playing career at Stamford Bridge, inspiring Chelsea to three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Champions League.
He also became the Blues’ all-time record goalscorer, netting a total of 211 goals in 648 appearances, before returning to become their new head coach last summer.
Abramovich’s itchy trigger finger resulted in Lampard plying his trade under nine different managers in west London; developing a terrific bond with some, namely Jose Mourinho, and a frostier relationship with others, such as Andre Villas-Boas.
Lampard returned to Chelsea last summer to become their new head coach
Yet the Chelsea boss insists he has picked up qualities from several of his former managers, who all gave him “food for though” about his own approach to the job.
“It is a vastly different era now. There is a lot more structure to the clubs, with managers much more under the microscope than at any other time in the game’s history,” he said in newly-released book ‘The Boss – Chelsea managers from Ted Drake to Frank Lampard’.
And Lampard admits the job brings “high levels of pressure” under Roman Abramovich
“Of course, as I played for 13 years at this club, I played for many managers.
“And I did have my issues from time to time, such as experiencing a tough period when Villas-Boas was boss and left me out of the team.
“We did have a conflict, but now I see it from the other side of the fence and see it differently than I would have done as a player.
Lampard says he has taken qualities from several of his former managers, such as Jose Mourinho
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