Frank Lampard has earned a fame as being a quite feisty supervisor throughout his spells at Derby County and now because the supervisor of Chelsea.
After his animated show at Anfield earlier than Liverpool’s coronation as Premier League champions, the previous England worldwide was pressured to subject an apology.
And Lampard’s ‘ardour’ appeared to grow to be a problem on Tuesday evening when he lashed out at former mentor Jose Mourinho in the course of the Carabao Cup conflict towards Tottenham Hotspur.
Though the eloquent and well-educated midfielder solely ever collected 2 crimson playing cards from his 609 Premier League appearances, that’s not to say he was not a tenacious character.
In reality, former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann as soon as described Lampard as an ‘insult specialist’ who was able to winding gamers up.
The German was concerned in a sequence of histrionics with Didier Drogba throughout a league sport at Stamford Bridge in December 2006, nevertheless it was Lampard who irked the shot-stopper.
“Lampard is a specialist in insulting individuals very badly, however Drogba doesn’t say a phrase. He’s a pleasant man – he doesn’t insult individuals,” Lehmann mentioned.
“He didn’t insult me compared to his teammates. I by no means insult anyone and I can’t complain with him. A few of his team-mates insulted me terribly, however Drogba by no means does that so I’ve no downside with him.
“Nothing occurred with him and I like him. I believe the handshake between us says all of it. You’ll be able to have ardour within the sport, however so long as you get on with individuals properly, it’s okay.”
After all, Lehmann’s Arsenal teammate Cesc Fabregas additionally had loads of run-ins with Lampard all through their respective taking part in careers, scraping in Cardiff in the course of the League Cup remaining in the identical season and in 2011 when the Spaniard returned to Barcelona.
“The League Cup remaining was form of loopy,” Fabregas informed the Telegraph. “We have been shedding 2-1 and it was mainly the final second of the sport and you are feeling somewhat pissed off. [John Obi] Mikel and Kolo Toure went right into a sort out and each received despatched off.
“Me and Frank had a second there. I believe possibly I used to be very younger and really enthusiastic. I needed to beat the world mainly and generally I used to be overwhelmed by the state of affairs and went excessive.
“Even after I was with Barcelona, I keep in mind within the Champions League conflict we additionally had our moments. I find it irresistible, personally. Frank is a competitor and a winner, and he’ll inform you a similar factor.
Jack Wilshere confirmed the rivalry was very actual earlier than the Champions League semi-final in 2012, revealing on Twitter the animosity was very actual.
“I believe Cesc would love to attain tonight,” Wilshere wrote. “Him and Lampard by no means favored one another on the pitch.”
When he took over as Chelsea boss final summer time, Mateo Kovacic admitted the Blues have been attempting to implement an ‘aggressive’ sport plan harking back to Lampard’s fashion.
He mentioned final summer time: “I get to know him now and he appears very nice individual and he has clear concepts and the staff is aware of what he needs. He needs us to be aggressive, to be an aggressive staff and to play good soccer.
“He needs us to be aggressive, when now we have the ball to play fast with the ball, and after we don’t have the ball to recuperate it quick; it’s his kind of play, like he was when he was a participant, so he needs it to be like that as a coach as nicely.”
After all, attending to the elite degree of any sport requires a sure mind-set and there’s no doubt Lampard was a fierce competitor and a serial winner.
He lifted the Champions League trophy in 2012 in addition to three Premier League titles and 4 FA Cups.
If this season is an indicator of what the longer term holds for the Chelsea boss, we are able to count on to see loads extra fireworks.
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