Frank Lampard is a great guy, according to everyone who has met him, and certainly according to the way he comes across on TV and in the media.
But underneath his friendly exterior, there is a very steely and concentrated side, the side that allowed him to become a top player through grit and determination.
That side comes in handy when you’re a manager, who can’t stay friends with everyone. The Chelsea official magazine have a really interesting interview with the gaffer today where he reveals that’s he not afraid to make tough decisions.
“I know that a manager is going to upset 10-15 of his players every week and make decisions that people are going to be unhappy about and scrutinise,” Lampard explained, and the evidence was there for all to see this season.
David Luiz was sold, the rest of the defenders ruthlessly rotated. Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount found themselves dropped after periods of bad form. Even the goalkeeper Kepa reached the end of the line with Lamps, and was bumped off for Willy Caballero for a spell.
Not everyone can be kept happy all the time, and Lampard knows it. What’s important is that those players who are out of the team respond by working harder to get back in, not by falling out with their manager.
So far in Lampard’s time at the Bridge, that’s been the case. Long may it continue.