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Ballack claims that Lampard was “always a leader”

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Frank Lampard joined Chelsea this summer and impressed the footballing public with his team playing attractive and offensive football.

The plaudits are coming from all sides for Frenkie, as the Chelsea legend is doing bits for his former club.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Chelsea FC at Turf Moor on October 26, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Not only is Lampard Chelsea’s leading scorer of all times, but he was also a leader on the pitch.

Michael Ballack, former Chelsea midfielder, confirmed this. Asked about if Lampard’s early success as a manager caught him by surprise, the German replied:

“No, not really, because if you are talented – if you know football and if you are a really hard worker, which he was always as a player – I could imagine he’s the same as a coach, and obviously he is,” as quoted by Sky Sports.

“I think he likes to prepare well before a game and that’s really important as a manager, to have that talent to actually prepare things and not thinking you know the game and that’s it.

“I think managing is much more than understanding football.

“It’s a lot about preparing and also dealing with human beings in a certain way and this is a process, and even when he’s just starting that process, he’s already doing that on a high, high level, and I think he can be a very good manager.”

Ballack saw success in winning the Premier League, as he’s played with Lampard from 2006 to 2010.

“When I played with him, I was not thinking that he could be a manager because we were so into our game,” Ballack added.

“But from a character point of course he was a leader, he was somebody who was really, really competitive and he really loved football.”