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Not long ago, fans and media alike were singing the praises of Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, as the Blues legend had guided the club to an unbeaten run of 17 games.
Chelsea’s smooth performance in the Champions League group stage was very flawless and Lampard’s team were being hailed for playing breathtaking football.
One thing Lampard always did when his team was being praised was to deflect the praise and insist that they weren’t there yet.
Chelsea’s form has since dropped, and the pressure is beginning to mount on the 42-year-old manager. However, Lampard has also maintained that he remains unperturbed.
According to Lampard, he doesn’t listen to the naysayers, and he even puts himself under more pressure.
The Chelsea boss told the media: “I came into this job expecting pressure, and my personality means I’m quite strange, you probably have to be to do this job at times, but when things are going well I put more pressure on myself, because I worry about what’s around the corner, I worry about complacency.
“In the unbeaten run I was constantly under pressure from myself about people telling me how great we were.
“Of course I understand the pressure heightens because I understand the expectations of a club like this, but I love doing what I’m doing and I never expected an easy run in this job. I’ve come to a huge club in the Premier League and world football in the process of a rebuild. That was never going to be an easy run so I have to expect these situations.”