Arsene Wenger has been impressed by the job Frank Lampard has done as Chelsea manager and believes he has shown he has the backbone to succeed at the top level.
Former Arsenal boss Wenger faced Lampard the player many times during his managerial career and has watched on with interest as the Chelsea legend has made his transition into management.
Lampard guided Chelsea to a vital 2-1 win over former boss Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur to extend their lead over their top-four rivals to four points with 11 games to go in the Premier League season.
And after the match – in which Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso got on the scoresheet for the Blues – Wenger remarked on how Lampard’s ability to make ‘tough’ decisions and stay strong in the face of adversity had convinced him he’s cut out for life as a manager at a ‘big club’.
‘I feel like he has done well overall,’ Wenger told BeIN Sports.
‘When he had bad results he kept calm, kept the way of playing and I think you judge a manager when he starts with how he deals with disappointment.
‘Overall, he kept his way and it’s quite encouraging. I like his style of play, I like watching it. He makes some tough decisions, which you may not always agree with, but he has a way to conduct and he sticks to it.
‘He shows strong character and that’s what’s needed when you work at a big club.’
There is little time for Lampard to dwell on his success against former manager Mourinho as he welcomes German giants Bayern Munich to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
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