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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed his pre-match superstitions after being named Premier League manager of the month.
It includes taking his dog, Minnie, for early morning walks, wearing specific boots for training sessions, 50-minute bicycle sessions in the gym and pasta as his pre-match meal.
Lampard said: “If I don’t do them then I can feel like, ridiculously, as if it might have an effect on the result. I did it as a player.
“It was very commonplace in our dressing-room. John [Terry] was very structured in his build-up. I like going to the gym, I like walking the dog, I like eating pasta as a pre-match meal, so I stick with certain things.
“I joke a little bit, but I think it shows how much you want to do well and win sometimes, whether it has an effect or not.”
Pressed on the dog walks, Lampard added: “The day before training, I will walk her at a certain time, for a certain route.
“I take her down to the local coffee shop, get my takeaway coffee, walk around, pick up her s***, put it in the bin, walk her home then go to training!”