Frank Lampard announced the end of his glittering career on February 2nd after a short spell in Major League Soccer.
He burst onto the scene at West Ham, still a teenager, before earning a move across London to Chelsea. He was the talisman of the team through it’s most successful ever period, winning a Champions League, Europa League, three Premier Leagues and four FA Cups.
In that time, he became the club’s greatest ever goalscorer, a sensational feat considering his role. In an era that saw England produce not one but three world class midfielders, the 38-year-old still doesn’t quite get the recognition worldwide that he deserves.
An unquestionably talented player, Lampard still incessantly advocated hard work and demanded the best from those around him. Speaking on Sky Sports’ “Goals On Sunday”, the Romford native showed us exactly why he was so successful as he discussed his determination and work ethic.
It’s an absolute must-watch.
You can’t coast through training and still stay at the top of your game pic.twitter.com/LwJvbaqJXD
— Plan It Coach (@PlanItCoach) 9 April 2017
“I always felt that I had to train as hard as I could, do everything right, to be on the edge, to make me the player I wanted to be. There was no leeway for me to be too relaxed at any point. I knew if I did relax in training or in a game then I wouldn’t be at the level and my form would go down.
“Once I started to slow down a bit or not be quite as intense in training, the form would just slightly dip. I think it’s the way of life and I think a lot of young players need to know that because if you think you can coast through training and still stay at the top end of your game, then you can’t.”