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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.”