Frank Lampard has revealed his wife Christine is banned from organising social gatherings after Chelsea matches – because he gets grumpy if his side loses.
Lampard leads his team back into Premier League action on Saturday with a trip to the north east to face Newcastle United.
And his TV presenter wife will be hoping Chelsea keep up their strong recent form, which saw them win four matches in a row before the international break.
The manager admits he’s “a nightmare” if the west Londoners lose – which is why there are no dinner parties in the Lampard household on match days.
“We’re not allowed to arrange dinners or any kind of get-together after games in case the worst comes to the worst,” said the 42-year-old, speaking on the Eddie Hearn: No passion, No Point podcast.
Frank Lampard has noticed the difference in pressure since returning to football after working in the media
“Because if we lose I’m a nightmare. I can’t help it, it’s just par for the course.”
Lampard remains Chelsea’s all-time top scorer, having netted 211 goals from midfield in 648 games for the club between 2001 and 2014.
He helped fire the Stamford Bridge side to three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups, as well as glory in the the Champions League and Europa League.
Lampard says his wife Christine jokes that he was ‘a more relaxed Frank’ when he wasn’t a manager
And he has transferred that incredible will to the dugout, as evidenced by touchline rows with Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho during his embryonic career as a manager.
Lampard spent a year working as a pundit after hanging up his boots as a player – and said the increase in pressure was huge when he returned to working within the game itself.
“I had a year in the media, which was an absolute comedown from the pressures of playing and the pressures I get now,” he said. “And as Christine will joke, I…