'I walk the dog a lot!': Frank Lampard opens up on his matchday routines
- All Chelsea managers used to have a superstition or some routine.
- Super Frankie is not an exception - he prefers to stick to certain routines.
- Walking the dog and spending a certain amount of time on the bike are few of those.
All previous Chelsea managers had a fad or two - Antonio Conte, for example, thought his beard would bring him luck, while Maurizio Sarri avoided stepping onto the pitch or even touch the ball.
Well, Frank Lampard is not an exception to this rule - our new boss has a routine or two that can well pass for a superstition.
"Routines. Like walking the dog, or what time I leave, or the boots I wear in training, or little bits and bobs. It’s more routine than structure, which can be quite awkward," Chelsea boss told the reporters ahead of Crystal Palace clash.
"I walk the dog at certain times and on certain days. The day before training, I will walk her at a certain time, for a certain route. Nothing that exciting. I put the lead on. I take her out in the morning.
"I go out early before I leave, I take her down to the local coffee shop, get my takeaway coffee, walk around, pick up her sh*t, put it in the bin, walk her home then go to training. I walk the dog a lot and I find it quite good for clearing the head.
"I like to go to the gym as well – that’s another one of my superstitions. I have to spend the same amount of time on the bike – 50 minutes – or the amount that I run — things like that. I’m still sweating now. I’ve just been doing it.
"If I don’t do them, then I can feel like, ridiculously, as if it might have an effect on the result. Sometimes I do miss the dog walk for whatever reason. I’m also a relatively new dad, my daughter is a year and a bit, so sometimes I have to do other things etcetera. So it does not absolutely hold me down.
"But I don’t mind structure and I like walking the dog. So if it was painful, I would probably try and get rid of it, but it actually fits nicely. I like going to the gym, I like walking the dog, I like eating pasta as a pre-match meal, so I stick with certain things.
"I think we are all different, and I don’t completely rely on it. I joke a little bit, but I think it shows how much you want to do well and win sometimes, whether it has an effect or not. And I think if that’s in your mindset, that’s not the worst thing, albeit it might become a bit annoying sometimes if you stick to it."