LAMPARD EXPLAINS WHY HE WON’T COPY JOSE MOURINHO OR CARLO ANCELOTTI

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard worked under high profile managers like Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti during his playing days at Chelsea but he insists he is not trying to copy any of the managerial greats he worked with during his active career as he aims to develop his own management style and philosophy.

Lampard insists it’s important to try to be himself and play an attractive brand of football.

“I try to be myself; I think that’s very important,” Lampard told Goal.

“Copying anyone as a manager is a mistake. You have to find your own methods or your own ways. I certainly have no fear of tapping into a bit of the managers that I have worked with over the years, but I don’t think that I am similar to any of them.

“I try to take positive points from a lot of people I worked with. In terms of how I work, you have to be reactionary in games, but I try to take things in throughout the week and get all the information.

“Be as prepared as I can be and thorough with the staff that I have got. Then make decisions having done that work which I think gives you the best opportunity to have that success.

“In terms of style of play, I want to play good football. We want to try to play. We have been one of the teams in the Championship this season who try to play. We try to move the ball through the pitch, rather than being too direct, that’s not my style. It is not the way I want to play.

“I want my team to play good football, but on the other side of that, I want them to be really aggressive and win the ball back. So I don’t like to try and put myself into one style of play. I think it is important to be adaptable in terms of systems.

“You can’t always play that beautiful football that you are searching for because of the conditions and the opposition. So I think, in terms of trying to box yourself into one style I think it could be wrong in my opinion.

“But I want to play good football, I want it to be aggressive, I want the fans to see that we are a team that plays with passion and desire and wants to win games of football.”

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