Drogba: Lampard is a very good coach
Former soccer player Didier Drogba (C) attends a vigil by artists in tribute to the Ivorian musician DJ Arafat at Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 30 August 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/LEGNAN KOULA
Chelsea FC manager Frank Lampard (R) greets Ross Barkley (L) during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea FC and Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge in London, Britain, 31 August 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA
Monza, Italy, Sep 7 (efe-epa).- Former soccer player Didier Drogba on Saturday praised his ex-Chelsea teammate and the current Blues coach Frank Lampard, saying he would be a good manager for the English Premier League side.
“He is a very good coach, I think last year he did something really interesting with a team where they did not have a lot of options,” Drogba told Efe in Monza on the sidelines of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix to take place on Sunday, referring to Lampard's stint with Derby County.
“This year I think it is a little bit difficult because he does not have a lot of options with this ban. But I am really proud of him because he is showing character and he is sending his motivation and his aura to this young team of talented player so I am very happy with the start,” he added.
Drogba was referring to a transfer ban imposed by UEFA on Chelsea for two transfer windows over violations to the rule regularizing contracting foreigner players younger than 18 years old.
The 41-year-old is attending the Formula One race as ambassador of ‘3500 Lives’, a campaign launched by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) aimed at raising awareness of the safe drive around the world.
Asked about his life after retiring in 2018, he said “I think I miss football and I will miss football for the rest of my life because I want to be on a football pitch score some goals you know play some tough games.”
“But that’s part of the life I think this is the end of a cycle as a player. And since November I started a new cycle where I meet very interesting people like Jean Todt, and also working on a few projects for the future, and yeah very busy,” he added.
One of these projects is to become the new head of Ivory Coast’s soccer federation, albeit he said he had things to learn first.
“I need to speak with a lot of people to listen to what their needs are and see if I am able to go for it if I’m able to leave an impact if I am able to bring some in what has been done previously, let’s see,” he said. EFE-EPA