Frank Lampard reveals the two Chelsea managers who had the greatest influence on himby Jack Kitson / 25 October 2019, 11:03Tweet
To some, the transition from player to manager can be fraught with difficulties and complexities, while others find the changeover rather more seamless.
Frank Lampard was part of Jose Mourinho’s title-winning Chelsea side that stormed to a Premier League record of nine wins out of nine at the start of the 2005/06 season.
No Premier League manager, before or since, has accumulated this perfect tally of victories after nine rounds of matches.
Not Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, Arsene Wenger, or Jurgen Klopp whose Liverpool side had the chance to match this feat last weekend only to drop points against Man Utd.
Lampard’s current Chelsea side may have attained 10 points fewer than that successful Blues team he played in 14 years ago, but his side have recovered from an indifferent start to win three consecutive top-flight games. If you chuck cup games into the mix it’s six triumphs on the bounce.
Lampard spent 13 years at Stamford Bridge, during which he played under an array of world-class managers. Nine permanent bosses to be precise.
But was there one gaffer in particular who inspired the club’s record goalscorer?
“All of them have helped me,” Lampard revealed to Sky Sports Football.
“For good or for bad. When I say that I mean things that I thought as a player ‘that was great’ and that I’ve taken on board. Some that you think ‘I’m not so bad on that’ you also take on board in different ways.
“Jose Mourinho was obviously a huge influence on me.
"The first time he came to the club he gave me a real uplift in confidence, more than tactics or technical stuff it was more about how good I could be and did I have the mindset to move up levels.
“Carlo Ancelotti, I always found in terms of how personable a manager could be. The relationship one-on-one, and how he tries to get the best out of you, I always found a bit special.
“So those two I tend to say a lot. I feel bad leaving out a lot of the other managers because they all had a positive influence on me in their own ways.”
As for future managers from his current cluster of Chelsea players, Lampard pinpointed captain César Azpilicueta and vice-skipper Jorginho.
Chelsea, who currently occupy a place on the top-4, make the trip to Burnley on Saturday looking to record four successive league wins for the first time since the very start of Maurizio Sarri’s tenure. It would also be the first time in Lampard’s managerial career.