Veteran midfielder hails Mourinho impact.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes all the players at the club have stepped up their performances under returning manager Jose Mourinho, he told Sky Sports.
The 35-year-old got his season off to a great start with a stunning goal from a free-kick in the Blues’ 2-0 win over Hull City, and says he has been working extra hard to impress the new boss.
Lampard first emerged as a world class player under Mourinho in his first spell at Stamford Bridge, and believes he can see a positive effect from the manager on the younger members of the squad.
“We have a new manager and he is very demanding,” he said. “We are very aware of how he is and it’s like having a new teacher at school, that can only be a good thing when you have 22 players all wanting to play in the team.
“There has been a lift. We have had a great pre-season. The young players have reacted to the manager.”
Lampard ended last season in great form, helping fire the club to third place in the Premier League, but there were some doubts over his future at Stamford Bridge due to lengthy talks over a new contract.
However, it is thought that the return of Mourinho played a big part in keeping the England international at the club for at least one more season.