Barkley: Lampard Was One Of My Idols Growing Up

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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has admitted Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was one of his idols while growing up.

“As a young lad I would watch Match of the Day on a Sunday morning and then go off to my games for Everton,” Barkley told Chelsea’s official website.

“I’d see the likes of Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard banging the goals in every week.

“Lampard was one of my idols, because as a young midfielder I would see the goals he was scoring or creating every week and look up to him.

“I played with the manager later on in his career with England and you could see how motivated he was.

“It was hard work all the time, running after training, non-stop movement to receive the ball, scoring goals.

“As a young player seeing that it affects you. You want to do the same things.

“He’s taken that into his management.

“We work really hard and then on the right days we ease off and feel really good for the games.”

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