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Sometimes, getting a manager who has played the game at the top level, is of significant importance to the mentality of the players, as he can use his knowledge from his playing experience to help the players, having passed through what they passed through.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is in his third year as a manager, and he has admitted that he’s trying to create a winning mentality at the club. Although he was sincere to say that he’s not there yet with his young squad.
Lampard told Chelsea TV: “It’s of upmost importance to me as a manager and it’s a message that you really have to drill home, because it’s very easy when you’re a coach or a manager and you’ve been there and had your career and you know you made a million mistakes, when you sit at the top of the tree, or in my office at Chelsea, not to think like the 21-year-old who’s making those mistakes you made and just think you’re above it.
“You have to get on the level of these players and they all have different thoughts, they all have different reasons, something at home, on the training pitch, how they see things.
“So I can’t think that my morals or my values just transmit to everybody and then everyone will be a great trainer like I was and make the most of their talent. Because I didn’t, I made mistakes.
“I have to be very open to that. So for the players to try to take responsibility is a daily chip away at trying to create something that feels that way and we’re in that process at Chelsea.
“I’m not going to lie, we’ve not won that battle yet, because it definitely takes time, particularly with a younger squad and we have a lot of young players.”