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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted being a manager has made him realise you can’t love every manager as a player and you can’t love every player as a manager but you have to work together.
“When you become a manager you realise it is not that simple,” said Lampard. “It’s not about close connections with everyone. You can’t love every manager and you can’t love every player but you have to work together.”
Meanwhile, Lampard insists the players must head into the new season with a mindset of aiming to win the Premier League title even though we finished third in the league last season, 26 points behind Manchester City and lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
“The only way I know to change that gap is through absolute hard work and focus,” said Lampard. “Those basics don’t change, and with the transfer ban there is even more clarity because we can’t bring in players.
“Every day I read City are buying and Manchester United are going to buy. All these teams are going to do business and that’s going to strengthen them.
“So we have to be realistic, but then I see every day the quality we have here. And I think about the players not here like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Antonio Rudiger and Reece James, and I think we have a competitive squad. I believe in them and there’s more because we have a lot of younger players.
“There can be an uplift. That’s not me saying I’m going to make the difference. It will be the players who make the difference.
“So there’s the challenge. Now, can we win the league? It’s going to be a big ask. But we have to set out with that mind-set.”