Frank Lampard claims he finds his job is more exciting when there are problems to solve and more disturbing when things appear to be going smoothly.
Lampard came out fighting at the end of a week under pressure following Chelsea’s defeat at home against Manchester City on Sunday.
His team have taken only four points from six games since going top of the Premier League at the start of December and in the fickle world of football, the praise has quickly turned to criticism.
Frank Lampard has spoken ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup clash with Morecambe on Sunday
He’s warned his stuttering stars to be ‘even more on guard’ to a potential cup upset
‘I came into the job expecting pressure,’ said Lampard. ‘With my personality, I am quite strange probably and you have to be to do this job at times.
‘When things go well, I put more pressure on myself because I worry about what’s around the corner. I worry about complacency.’
Chelsea were unbeaten in nine games when they beat Leeds to reach the Premier League summit.
They were unbeaten over 17 games in all competitions, excluding a defeat against Tottenham on penalties in the Carabao Cup.
‘During the unbeaten run, I was under pressure by people saying how great we were,’ said Lampard. ‘I find this more challenging in a good way about my job. I can find out more about myself, every member of the team and staff.
Morecambe lie seventh in League Two and are pushing for promotion this season
‘It makes my job more exciting. I understand the pressure heightens because of the pressure around a team like this but I love doing what I am doing and I never expected an easy run in this job.
‘I am at a huge club in world football that is in the process of a rebuild. That was never going to be an easy run. I have to expect these situations.’
Chelsea face Morecambe of League Two in the FA Cup on Sunday, and Lampard has warned his underperforming stars to be ‘even more on guard’.
‘No matter form, team, status, the FA Cup has a magic that’s been there forever which means underdogs will turn up and make it difficult. With our current form, we have to be even more on guard’, he added.
Lampard confirmed he will be without Reece James and Andreas Christensen who are expected to return to training on Saturday after injuries.
N’Golo Kante is also out. Kante, suspended for the next Premier League game after collecting five bookings, will rest a slight hamstring problem.
Lampard admits that confidence has taken a hit amid a horrible run of form for the Blues