Why Lampard was called ‘The General’

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According to former Chelsea midfielder Boudewijn Zenden (who was also a teammate of Frank Lampard at Chelsea), Lampard is a born leader.

Zenden also revealed Lampard was called ‘The General’ because he was a real strategist.

Zenden told The Mirror: “Frank came from West Ham and I had been at ­ Barcelona, but as new boys and young players we both had to fight for a place in the team.

“Chelsea ­already had a lot of big names – Emmanuel Petit, Marcel Desailly and Gianfranco Zola.

“But one thing I soon noticed was that Frank could read the game ­better than anyone. On the pitch I called him ‘The General’ because he was a real strategist.

“Frank is also a born leader. You could see that in the way he grew into the player who controlled Chelsea’s ­midfield. He directed the play, like the conductor of an orchestra, but he also had an unbelievable hunger for goals and trophies.

“His development as a player was like a snowball rolling down a hill – getting bigger and bigger – and I can see that happening as a manager.”

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