Lampard Reveals What He Will Tell The Players Before The Game Against Manchester United

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Chelsea’s first game of the season is an away trip to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, August 11.

Frank Lampard will kick off his first official job as Chelsea manager against old foes Manchester United, and in the manager’s dugout it’ll be a Chelsea legend versus a Manchester United legend.

Pep talks are a part of the game, and knowing how to boost your players’ morale with words is an important aspect of coaching.

Ahead of the game on Sunday, Lampard was asked if he had prepared his final message to his players in the dressing room on Sunday, but he revealed that he hasn’t done that yet, as he believes that he’d flow with the atmosphere in the dressing room before giving his speech.

Lampard responded: “No! I haven’t yet. But there is a lot to prepare. We are watching Manchester United. We will have meetings. I will speak to the players as I feel it.

“I am not one for absolute schedule or to say the same every game. Part of the job is to feel the atmosphere and say the things you feel need to be said.

“By that moment all the tactical work is done, and the message will be something around passion and giving everything, fighting for the team collectively. Those are the basics. You can’t go to Old Trafford and expect a result if you don’t do the basics. The players will be reminded of that.”

Liverpool have already kicked off the 2019/20 campaign with a 4-1 win over Norwich, showing that it’s going to be another intense season. So the title race and the race for top four starts this weekend, and both Manchester United and Chelsea will be gunning for a win.

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