Pep Guardiola compares himself to Lampard

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Frank Lampard is in his second year and second job as a manager, and the current Blues boss is beginning to win the appreciation of skeptics.

Lampard did fairly well at Championship side Derby County last season, guiding them to the Championship playoff final and losing only at the last hurdle.

The 41-year-old was appointed as Chelsea manager during the summer despite his inexperience as a manager. There were lots of doubts regarding how well Lampard will perform in his first big job, and the Chelsea manager has shown that he can achieve a lot with this Chelsea side.

Chelsea struggled at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, picking up just two wins from their first six Premier League fixtures. But the Blues have gone on to win their last six league matches.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has now likened his start as a manager to that of Lampard.

“It is quite similar, but is too early,” he began. “He [Lampard] has been a manager for a year-and-a-half and I am a little longer because I am a little older but he has his future in his hands. Experience doesn’t count much.

“I would say that when you know the club it is a good advantage and Lampard knows Chelsea perfectly – media, fans, players – that is good. When I arrived [at Barca] not many people trusted me. Few, few people. Maybe the president, sporting director and not many.

“Frank was similar at Derby. He didn’t take results and people said he didn’t have experience. When nobody trusts you it is perfect because you win every game – you cannot lose more. The problem is when you have won titles and nothing is enough.”

Guardiola added: “In Frank’s case, it is perfect, an ideal situation. At the big clubs, you have incredible players so it is easier to do a good job in Chelsea or Barcelona than another club.

“If you work a lot and have patience, the results and success can come.”

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