Frank Lampard urged his Chelsea teammates to learn from Manchester City’s treble challenge when the clubs meet on Sunday at the Etihad.
City will retain the Premier League title and earn the first of the three trophies they are chasing this season if they defeat Chelsea; depending on Arsenal’s result on Saturday, they may already be champions by the time they kick off.
If City wins, it will be the fifth time in six years that Pep Guardiola’s squad has been crowned English champion.
They will then face Inter Milan in their second Champions League final in three years, as well as local rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
Wednesday’s 4-0 humiliation of European champions Real Madrid displayed City’s outstanding form, as it was their 17th win in their last 19 games.
Chelsea, once a contender for major trophies, are presently in 11th place despite co-owner Todd Boehly spending approximately £600 million ($747 million) in the last year on transfers.
Lampard, who may be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino if the former Tottenham manager is confirmed as Chelsea’s new permanent manager, stated that his team should draw heart from City’s work ethic.
Lampard stated, “The only inspiration the young players should need is what it took Man City to get where they are.”
“It’s not the moment of lifting the cup, it’s Kevin De Bruyne’s journey, and (Erling) Haaland’s journey, and (Ilkay) Gundogan’s journey, and John Stones’s journey.”
The former Chelsea and England midfielder continued, “A player must realize that cup-lifting moments are the result of years of hard work against all odds, regardless of what it is.”
“This team works diligently, and when one member must stop working diligently, the next member steps in and works diligently.” “This is what the players must comprehend.”
Lampard stated that he had watched The Last Dance, a documentary about the 1990s success of NBA team Chicago Bulls, in preparation for Chelsea’s concluding games of the season.
The interim manager, who will resign after the final game of the season on May 28 against Newcastle, stated that his team learned valuable lessons from the series.
Lampard, a multiple-medal winner at Chelsea, said, “Any group that hoists trophies must understand what standards are and how you push and what you do, and that the weekend is a culmination of everything you do throughout the week, from how you prepare, train, and train at a level that then transfers onto the pitch.”
He continued, “There is much failure on the path to accomplishment. I believe that is the information that a player in the modern era must listen to and act upon, as opposed to merely listening to it in passing.”