Chelsea academy chief explains key to Frank Lampard’s success with youngsters

Frank Lampard ’s workaholic ethic has spread throughout Chelsea in just one year as boss.

From the senior squad right down to the junior ranks, the impact of the Lampard revolution at Stamford Bridge is evident, according to Blues Academy supremo Neil Bath.

A personal drive to be the best player possible was always Lamps’ trademark during 13 prolific years banging in goals and lifting silverware with Chelsea.

And those infectious characteristics on the training ground are already being employed at every level inside the club as Lampard’s managerial influence stretches way beyond Mason Mount and Co.

Blues Academy chief Bath said: “When Frank first became manager last year he asked: ‘Neil, what are the young lads like with their ‘extras’’?

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“That’s his language for staying out after training, doing those extras – the finishing, running, box-to-box, everything.

“And it’s incredible that he has now put that all in place right across the club.

“You walk by the training ground and you’ll see the young first-team players doing their extras.

“The effect that’s had on the club is that now, from the 23-year-olds to the 18-year-olds to the young ones, they’re all doing their extras – just like Frank’s first-team.”

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That dedicated, tunnel-vision approach, which served ex-England midfielder Lampard so well, will take Chelsea’s Academy another step towards being the very best on the planet.

Bath has been there throughout the…


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