Lampard does some pre-match superstitions to ensure Chelsea keeps winning.
Frank Lampard has revealed his awkward pre-match superstitions which he does as he fears Chelsea will lose if he doesn’t do these things.
Lampard recently received the Premier League Manager of the Month award for October but he confessed that he fears the perceived curse that sees recipients of the award lose their next match, which he put down to being “relatively superstitious”.
But Lampard has been proved wrong and he would be happy to be proven wrong as Chelsea has beaten Crystal Palace by 2-0 today.
Lampard elaborated his superstitions: “I have my routines, like walking the dog, certain times I leave, the boots I’m wearing – 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. Nothing that exciting. 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 poo, put it in the bin, walk her home then go to training.”
“I find walking the dog quite good for clearing the head. I like to go to the gym as well – that’s another one of my superstitions. 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.”
He further added: “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. So it does not absolutely hold me down. 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. And then if we don’t win…”
Frank Lampard’s rituals go back to his playing days at Chelsea, where he shared a dressing room with John Terry. He said: “It was very commonplace in my playing days. John used to do it a lot. John was very structured in his build-up.”
“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.”
Lampard is pleased with the Premier League Manager of the Month award, but he insisted that the club as a whole deserved to be credited. He said: “It doesn’t confirm to me that I am doing a good job, albeit it is a nice award to get on an individual basis. It certainly is an award that relates to much more than that for what the club is doing and the people working behind the scenes. I appreciate it and I receive it for not just myself.”
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