Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed that life as a manager is much harder than it was as a player, due to it's time consuming nature.
Lampard, speaking to Eddie Hearn on the boxing promoter’s No Passion, No Point podcast, explained that he loves management, even if it does present different challenges to the ones he faced during his playing days.
The 42-year-old, who went to the same school as Hearn, explained that the relationships a manager must have with his squad are different to the ones you have as playing colleagues, and that a manager regularly gets 50 problems a day to deal with.
Lampard is in his third full season as a manager, having spent a year at Derby County before taking the reins at Chelsea, where he guided the Blues to a fourth-place Premier League finish last season.
After a summer of spending, Chelsea are currently fifth in the league, three points off surprise leaders Leicester City after eight games.
The international break may have presented more challenges for Lampard this week though, with Thiago Silva and Christian Pulisic set to miss Saturday’s trip to Newcastle.
Silva played for Brazil as they beat Uruguay in World Cup qualification on Tuesday night, but won’t be back until Thursday. At 36 years old, the defender will continue to be managed carefully with two games in four days on the horizon for Chelsea.
Pulisic initially met up with the USA squad over the break, but returned to England to continue rehabilitation work on a hamstring injury that has interrupted his season.