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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed he is motivated by those doubting his managerial ability.
Many including some Chelsea fans believe the Chelsea job is too big for Lampard due to his inexperience but Lampard insists he will prove them wrong.
“When I look back on my career, the early days, the West Ham days, when I came to Chelsea, and some of my England career, it was difficult at times,” Lampard said, according to Daily Mail.
“That’s not just me. I think that’s part of a career in football. At the top where you want to be it is tough and you have to prove people wrong.
“Even more in the modern day, with social media, where everyone has a comment and everyone has really strong opinions. It’s normal you will have to break down barriers.”
“The only way I ever knew was to get my head down and work,” Lampard added.
“It certainly feels sweeter if you do manage to prove someone wrong or just get to where you want to be. I’m happy with the career I had – 21 years playing – because I felt I gave everything. I could have done more. I’ll try and do the same as a manager.
“I’m not stupid. I understand why [there are doubts]. I use it as motivation. All that stuff. We have a transfer ban. There were two teams very clear out in front last time. The Premier League is more competitive at the top end than it’s ever been.
“I don’t think you can walk around with your eyes closed. [But] they make me determined to the job as well as I can. And I don’t mind it. I like to considered maybe not quite a favourite. In your career there will be many moments like that. The sweet ones are when you believe in what you can do and then go and achieve it.”