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Lampard speaks on how Chelsea can build a winning mentality

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaks on the psychological skills he is looking for from his chelsea players, the mentality it takes to become a serial winner.

Why champions Liverpool are an example of why the path to achieving that mindset is never easy.

“They have to bounce back and that is a mindset thing,” Lampard told Sky Sports via a video call, as he reflected on the 3-2 derby defeat at West Ham which prevented Chelsea jumping up to third in the Premier League table.

“We had been playing well, we were on a good run, and then we lose a game where we made mistakes to lose the game.

“We’ve had some issues this season with teams that sit deep against us and try to counter-attack and some teams that are maybe physical and rely on set-pieces. We have to just be more astute on the pitch to that. The players know that so it’s going to be what we deliver on the pitch.

“I just think, against West Ham, the tempo was slightly slow, slower than what it needed to be to break them down better and then we switched off to make mistakes. And that is mentality, that is focus and concentration and you work on that and it comes over time as well.”

This season’s dominant title winners are also an example for this young, relatively inexperienced Chelsea squad of how to learn from the setbacks and errors they’ve made during this first campaign under Lampard.

Speaking to Jurgen Klopp in January, the Liverpool manager insisted his side’s relentless mentality was honed by the tough hits they’d had. Losing a Champions League final. Losing out in a title race. “The boys have had really tough times. Now they have better times,” Klopp said.

That is an attitude which resonates with Lampard, who, was in his ninth season as a Premier League player before he got his hands on the trophy. Experience can only be built over time.

“I’ve got full confidence in that,” Lampard says. “And I agree with Klopp. It can be as much as a Champions League final or it can be a Wednesday night at West Ham. It can be moments in games that got away from us.

“When you look at Liverpool, one of the greatest teams of the modern era for sure, to do what they’ve done this year, we’ve all seen their journey. We’ve seen inconsistency in them and how they’ve recruited and how they’ve grown and how individuals have grown within that.

“Now, that’s an incredible model. You don’t have to necessarily follow that but you have to understand, anywhere in sport, to move up and to close gaps and to try to be successful, there will be difficult bumps. The important thing is you learn from them.”

“Now, that’s an incredible model. You don’t have to necessarily follow that but you have to understand, anywhere in sport, to move up and to close gaps and to try to be successful, there will be difficult bumps. The important thing is you learn from them.”

“I think the players are very aware of it, it has to be a day-to-day thing as well, for me, mentality,” he said. “It’s how you train, how you focus, how you sit in meetings, how you think about the next game, how you think about your opponent.

“If we get that right with the players we’ve got then I’m confident we’ll finish the season well.

“I think every team is different, every era is different. There’s no use in comparing eras because squads will throw up different personalities. And there may be an argument that the modern squad looks different to what it did 10 years ago, 20 years ago, or more.

“So I don’t think it has to be a clear leader visually. I think it is a feeling within the group that needs to be built up and worked on daily, weekly. You don’t have to be 6ft2in with big muscles and thump your chest. You just have to contribute and be determined, and want to win daily in training and want to improve daily.

“We certainly have that but we can improve that and we need to work on that too.”

“The brutal reality of this elite level is you get to a semi-final and you’ve got to beat a team like Man United to get to a final to have another tough game,” he said. “We’ve already had to go against Liverpool and Leicester. It’s a good test for us this year, it’s a good test for this young squad and it will help.

“Whatever the case at the end of the season, I think the benefits of all the experiences we’ve had will help this young group.”

“It’s going to be a really exciting part of the season but it’s going to be tough,” says Lampard. “We’ve spoken about mentality and we must give everything right now in how we tackle these games head on and believe in ourselves.”

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