Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reveals superstitions as he looks to dodge Manager of the Month curse
Frank Lampard has revealed he fears Chelsea can suffer a negative result in a match if he does not stick to his superstitious routines – which include walking his dog at a certain time and route.
Lampard, along with former Chelsea defender John Terry, was renowned for being superstitious during his playing days and he has carried that over into his managerial career.
The 41-year-old was quizzed on the matter on Friday after claiming Manager of the Month for October, because the award carries with it a supposed curse from seasons gone whereby the winning coach loses his next game.
Lampard revealed he was aware of the curse, and how he hoped his players would prove it didn’t exist by beating Crystal Palace on Saturday, but the Chelsea boss also divulged how his superstitious nature forces him to stick to routines throughout the week building up to a game.
“On the curse, I have heard of it. I know it and I am relatively superstitious. I was always as a player and I carry it into my management,” said Lampard.
“It was very common place in our [Chelsea] dressing room. John [Terry] used to do it a lot. John was very structured in his build-up.
“[I have] 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.
“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.
“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 s***, put it in the bin, walk her home then go to training.
“To be fair, I walk the dog a lot and I find it quite good for clearing the head.”
As well as walking his dog, Minnie, Lampard follows a strict gym routine and tucks into the same pre-match meal of pasta each week.
They all underline his superstitious nature and the former midfielder admits if he doesn’t follow them then he fears it can impact results on the pitch.
“I like to go to the gym as well – that’s another one of my superstitions,” Lampard added.
“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 et cetera. So it does not absolutely hold me down.
“I don’t mind structure and I like walking the dog. So if it was something that 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.
“For me, 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.”
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