Frank Lampard reveals he got a reassuring voice from Pep Guardiola when Chelsea boss

Frank Lampard has revealed some reassuring words he received from Pep Guardiola during his time as Chelsea manager, as well as Jose Mourinho after he was sacked in January.

The Chelsea legend was at the helm at Stamford Bridge for 18 months before being replaced by Thomas Tuchel.

In his first season in the dugout, Lampard would lead Chelsea to fourth place, despite a transfer ban in his first summer at the club.

Frank Lampard has revealed Pep Guardiola’s reassuring words to him when he was Chelsea manager

His side lost 4-0 to Manchester United and Liverpool in the European Super Cup in his opening games as Chelsea boss

His side lost 4-0 to Manchester United and Liverpool in the European Super Cup in his opening games as Chelsea boss

However, things didn’t go to plan in his opening games with the Blues, with defeats to both Manchester United and Liverpool.

Talk about Gary Neville’s Overlap Podcast as part of the 29-question Sky Sports pundit segment, Lampard was asked which manager, then or now, he would have liked to play for.

Lampard was quick to respond with ‘Pep’, before revealing what Guardiola said to him after Chelsea’s Super Cup defeat to Liverpool in 2019.

After the defeat to Chelsea, Pep Guardiola sent Lampard a voice message with a reassuring message

After the defeat to Chelsea, Pep Guardiola sent Lampard a voice message with a reassuring message

He said: ‘When I first played my first game for Chelsea and we lost to Man Utd 4-0 and we played well for 60 minutes and we were ready on the counterattack and then bang bang it was two three , and it was four.

“At first glance it’s 4-0, you can’t defend it as a manager, you have to take it on the chin.

“Then we went to the Super Cup and lost to Liverpool, played well and lost on penalties.

“I was on the plane home from the game, feeling a little discouraged, and got a voicemail from him.

“I just said the way my team had played, he said, ‘It was incredible, I loved watching it,’ really positive chat.”

Lampard also joked about the “self-destructing” voice message after listening to it.

Jose Mourinho joked with Lampard that he was a 'real manager' after being fired from Chelsea

Jose Mourinho joked with Lampard that he was a ‘real manager’ after being fired from Chelsea

“It was one of those voice memos that deleted itself. It was almost self-destruct,” Lampard said.

“I wanted to go home and say ‘Listen to all of this, Pep said I’m a good manager’.”

After leading Chelsea to Champions League qualifiers in his first season, he struggled in his second season as new signings such as Timo Werner struggled to get off the ground.

After winning one of his last five games, he was sacked as the club languished in ninth place.

He was replaced by Thomas Tuchel who led Chelsea to a top four finish and won the Champions League with a win over Manchester City.

Lampard revealed that he ran into his former boss Mourinho, who has also been sacked by Chelsea before.

Lampard (left) has been out of management since being sacked by Chelsea in January

Lampard (left) has been out of management since being sacked by Chelsea in January

Despite their history with the Blues, they had a heated sideline relationship as managers of rival clubs Chelsea and Tottenham.

The former England midfielder said: ‘I ran into Jose on the street here just after I was fired.

“It was Covid so he had a mask on and he took it off and before that when he was at Tottenham me and he were a little bit like (at odds) I’m not going to lie.

“He came up to me and gave me a big hug and said ‘now you’re a real manager’.

“I was like (thumbs up) cheers. But I loved it and that’s the world we live in.”

As part of Neville’s 29-question segment, Lampard also revealed that his toughest opponent was Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta, while John Terry and Didier Drogba were the best he played with.

He also said a midfield three of his own, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard could have worked for England, if the Manchester United man had played a deeper part of the three.

Since his dismissal, Lampard has been linked with a number of jobs, including Newcastle, Aston Villa and Norwich, but he is still looking for his next club.

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