Frank Lampard’s surge to stardom has been as quick on the bench as it was off it, as the former midfielder has proven his worth as a boss in almost no time at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard left Derby County to take the reins of Chelsea following Maurizio Sarri’s departure, and the team has thrived ever since by clinching the third spot of the English Premier League.
Hence, Pep Guardiola can see some similarities between Lampard’s start at Chelsea and his own start at Barcelona, the team he took to the top of the world:
“It is quite similar, but it is too early. He (Lampard) has been a manager for a year-and-a-half and I am a little longer because I am a little older but he has his future in his hands. Experience doesn’t count much.
I would say that when you know the club it is a good advantage and Lampard knows Chelsea perfectly – media, fans, players – that is good. When I arrived (at Barca) not many people trusted me. Few, few people. Maybe the president, sporting director and not many,” Guardiola said, as quoted by Goal.
Guardiola acknowledged that Lampard struggled early on, but then proved that he was more than capable of handling the pressure and that’s why he’s going to be able to succeed in such a big club like Chelsea.
“Frank was similar at Derby. He didn’t take results and people said he didn’t have experience. When nobody trusts you it is perfect because you win every game – you cannot lose more. The problem is when you have won titles and nothing is enough.
In Frank’s case, it is perfect, an ideal situation. At the big clubs, you have incredible players so it is easier to do a good job in Chelsea or Barcelona than another club. If you work a lot and have patience, the results and success can come,” Guardiola concluded.
Chelsea and Manchester City are set to face off this weekend for the EPL, with the Citizens trying to bounce back following their heart-breaking loss vs. Liverpool a couple of weeks ago.