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Former Chelsea midfielder and assistant coach Boudewijn Zenden has compared Frank Lampard’s appointment as Chelsea boss to that of Pep Guardiola at Barcelona 11 years ago.
Guardiola was only 37 years old when he was appointed as Barcelona boss and had no previous experience of coaching a top flight team.
Zenden and Lampard both joined Chelsea as players in the summer of 2001 and they also worked together when Zenden was an assistant coach for the club during the 2012/13 season.
Zenden also backed Lampard to succeed as Chelsea boss.
“I know Frank did very well at Derby County, so it was a good time for him to go to Chelsea,” said Zenden, according to Daily Mirror.
“Guardiola was only young when he was appointed at Barcelona, so I don’t see why this is any different.
“He can do well, he is a clever guy and earned his stripes as a player. Who knows how it will go? But he is bright and deserves a chance.”
Meanwhile, former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Chelsea will finish ahead of his former club Manchester United while also admitting he loves Lampard’s philosophy.
“Unfortunately I need to say it but I think Manchester City will be champions again, then Liverpool. They are the top two,” said the Bulgarian.
“Then I think Spurs and then Chelsea. I say Chelsea because I saw them play under Frank Lampard and I like his philosophy a lot.
“And then of course you have the usual suspects, Arsenal and Man United.”