Azpilicueta not worried about Frank Lampard's lack of managerial experience


Already showing more support for the new manager compared to Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea's captain Cesar Azpilicueta has disclosed his support for the new manager Frank Lampard. Club legend Lampard joined as a manager this summer after just one season in managerial waters, leading Derby County to the Championship playoffs, but no the Premier League, unfortunately.

Chelsea's squad gained notoriety for their treatment of the Italian tactician Sarri, as they've shown lack of support both on the pitch and in front of the cameras, as well as in the locker room.

Azpilicueta famously failed to be manager's proper second in command when the goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted in the EFL Cup final against Manchester City.

But, it seems like his former teammate Lampard will have better support from the players. "You can see that this season all of the fans are very happy and we have the gaffer back at the Bridge. Now we have to give it back by working hard on the pitch, by winning games – which I think is the best way to be even more together and drive in the same way," said Azpilicueta.

The Spaniard is usually teased by teammates for being a "teacher's pet", and it seems like he's going to be one for Lampard, with whom he shared a dressing room between 2012 and 2014.

"The whole experience he has as a player, playing at the highest level, under a lot of very good managers, his personality, behaviour and experience – there is nothing to be worried about as a manager. I’m sure that his desire, passion for being a manager and this chance to be the manager of Chelsea, the club he loves and the fans love him. All of the club, we are very excited, and the only way we can carry it is by starting and winning together, getting the feeling back of being all together as a club. Every year gets harder and harder and we have to be ready."

Right back will now just have to get used to calling Lampard differently.

"Yes, of course, he used to be Lamps. Now he is the boss, the manager. I shared two years with him in the dressing room and I enjoyed the time to have him as a team-mate. The way he showed in every training session, the way he wanted to break every record, the way he wanted to improve in every single session, to improve his finishing, the way he was playing was something really special to be by his side. Now it’s another time – he is the manager and, everyone, we will try to be with him because we are one and want to win."

The winning mentality didn't show up in Lampard's first game as a Chelsea manager as the Blues were denied of a victory over the Irish side Bohemians with a late equaliser.


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