Blues legend tips Conte for Chelsea success after advise from MLS teammate

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.”

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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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Jose Mourinho says Chelsea legend is a ‘big loss’ ahead of move to MLS

Jose Mourinho has spoken highly of Manchester City midfielder and Chelsea‘s all-time leading Premier League goalscorer Frank Lampard in light of his imminent move to MLS side New York City FC.

The Chelsea boss heaped praise on the 36-year-old when speaking at his press conference ahead of his side’s game at home to Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

“One of my best players ever, one of my best professionals ever, a Chelsea legend and a legend in the Premier League,” Mourinho said.

“I have to honour him and wish him all the best in the States. He is a big loss for English football.”

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Lampard played under Mourinho between 2004 and 2007 in a period where Chelsea lifted two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup.

Mourinho returned to Chelsea in 2013 before allowing Lampard to leave for Manchester City last summer where he’s made 34 appearances in all competitions, contributing seven goals and one assist.

The ex-England international’s last game in England will be against Southampton at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon with City having already secured a second-place finish in the table. He will have a summer break before joining up with his New York City teammates in July.

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