Chelsea‘s all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard has tipped his former side for success under Antonio Conte after speaking with teammate Andrea Pirlo.
Lampard, who is enjoying a strong Major League Soccer regular season with New York City FC, told BBC Radio 5 Live last week he was impressed with Conte’s Italy in Euro 2016: “Seeing him at the Euros I loved his passion, I loved how he was on the touchline, how he had his team together with a real fighting spirit.”
The 38-year-old midfield goal machine thinks Conte’s passion is only going to help Chelsea’s quest to reach the top once again: “That will all help Chelsea and I look forward to that. The players will need to buy into that and respect that, then you’ll see an improvement from last year.”
Lampard spoke with Pirlo, his fellow New York City midfield teammate, about Conte. Pirlo played under the Italian manager at Juventus and Lampard revealed he has nothing but good things to say about Chelsea’s new man: “I spoke to Pirlo about Conte and he had nothing but great things to say. He works the lads very hard in training with his fitness work and with organisation on the pitch.”
Chelsea get their new campaign and era underway on Monday evening against West Ham United and Lampard hopes for the West London club to go on and win the Premier League this season: “Being at Chelsea for such a long time, I have an allegiance, so I would obviously like Chelsea to win the league and I think they’ll be back challenging.”
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