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Opinion: Lampard can reach Zidane and Guardiola’s level

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We will tell you why we believe that Frank Lampard can reach Zinedine Zidane and Pep Guardiola’s level of success as a professional manager.

Recently retired legends such as Frank Lampard are often questioned when they want to become managers, not all of them reach Zidane and Guardiola’s level.

The English legend was arguably one of the most talented footballers in his country’s recent history, he was part of that English Golden Generation that could never reach the success they deserved.

We can mention many of the players from that era who are quite smart and have a deep understanding of tactical football, but none of them are at Frank Lampard’s level.

A great deal of this potential that Frankie has comes due to his high-level intellect, we are talking about a man who has a similar IQ to that of Albert Einstein.

We are not joking when we say this, The Telegraph reported that Lampard has an IQ of 150 back in 2009 when all the Chelsea players at the time took the test.

Such tests were conducted by Dr. Brian English, who was the Blues’ doctor at the time.

Turns out that Frank Lampard has a level of intellect that only 0.5% of the world’s population has, this man is truly a genius and he at least proved it on the pitch when he played for the Blues.

Frankie also proved to be one of the most well-spoken pundits during his short-lived career in various television media outlets of the country.

How can ha compare with Guardiola and Zidane?

Given that we have no recollection of Pep Guardiola or Zinedine Zidane’s IQ, we can compare them to Frank Lampard on a different level.

The English manager proved that he is more than capable of besting one of Pep’s biggest influences in football, Marcelo Bielsa.

Lampard actually had the chance to play against the Argentine manager’s Championship squad in last season’s playoffs, his side won the series with superiority.

Pep Guardiola’s intelligence has many parallels with one of his mentors, as in they both obsess over controlling every single detail of their squads.

Bielsa has been known to spend hours watching videos of matches played by his rivals, he also got really famous for spying on Frank Lampard’s Derby County during their training sessions.

Lampard didn’t need to do this, he is a man who could find the solution to a problem by means that aren’t nearly as exhausting as Marcelo Bielsa’s methods.

We can easily say that Lampard proved he is a better manager than Marcelo during that playoff.

Guardiola will be a whole different animal for Frank to face, we are talking about arguably one of the Top 3 managers in the world right now.

The English coach doesn’t shy away from the challenge, this is actually something that excites him as much as facing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool does.

As far as Zidane is concerned, it would be stupid to assume that the French manager has been lucky this entire time while he was winning three consecutive Champions League titles.

What we can say for sure about ‘Zizou’ is that we still can’t determine which style of football he uses with his squad.

We could get a glimpse of direct and open play, with the inclination to create counter-attack chances during the smallest windows of opportunity.

Winning trophies in the way Zidane did at Real Madrid has a lot of value in modern football, which is obviously something that Frank Lampard will fight to achieve.

We know it’s still too soon to make this claim, but we are going out on a limb to say that Frankie has the potential to reach both Zidane and Guardiola’s levels of success.

The man already has the toys to play with at Chelsea FC, he may even surprise a lot of people with the results from his first season.

As you all know, the Blues will be very limited by their transfer ban that is currently in full effect.

This first year is a perfect challenge for Lampard’s genius-level intellect, he will have to solve many problems the club currently has and he will have to finish in the Top Four with the players that he has.

What an exciting first challenge for this Englishman.

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