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Frank Lampard opts for unique pre-match preparation ahead of Chelsea's clash with Man Utd

Frank Lampard was spotted out for a run with his coaching staff ahead of the clash with Man Utd (Image: ZENPIX)Lampard and his Chelsea colleagues were seen heading out for a morning run as the Blues boss prepared to face United at Old Trafford.The 41-year-old turned heads as he pounded the Manchester pavements in full Chelsea training gear at 8.

30am this morning.Lampard was accompanied by assistant manager Jody Morris during his early-morning exercise, while fitness coach Chris Jones was also spotted working up a sweat.The ex-England international is surely unique among Premier League managers in his pre-match preparation, with few of the other top-flight bosses likely to be so energetic on a match day morning.

Trending Lampard will take charge of Chelsea for his first competitive match against United, having succeeded Maurizio Sarri in the summer.The new gaffer has been hampered by a transfer ban imposed on the west London club, so the Blues legend will have to cope with the squad that he has inherited at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard took the job after just one season in senior management, having steered Derby County to the Championship play-off final before eventual defeat to Aston Villa.And he has been setting a good example to his players in pre-season, with the former midfielder heading out on runs during the tour of Japan.

The Blues boss took to the streets of Manchester for a Sunday morning fitness session (Image: ZENPIX)Morris is a regular running partner of the Chelsea boss, and joked that he could be contemplating a playing return after a nine kilometre jog from the training base to the team-mate in the Far East.

Lampard is expected to put his faith in several youth players this season, with the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham hoping to break into the first team.The Chelsea manager is looking to replicate the success of former boss Jose Mourinho, who also started his Premier League managerial career against United.

The Portuguese ace started out with a 1-0 win back in 2004, and Lampard will hope for more of the same today.
Lampard was joined by assistant manager Jody Morris (Image: ZENPIX)I remember the game, it wasn’t great and we didn’t play ­particularly well, but we won 1-0,” recalled Lampard in his pre-match press conference.

“It was a nice start for us because we’d had a good pre-season and all our standards had been lifted by Mourinho.“It would be great to have that sort of momentum after the first game.“It’s the same because it’s the same teams we’re talking about, but it’s not the end of the story.

We’re going to a tough place in Old Trafford, you can lose at those places. We have to have a bigger picture than that.
The Blues manager has been setting a good example to his squad throughout pre-season (Image: ZENPIX)“But, yes, if we get early momentum by ­getting a result, it would certainly help – as it helped.


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