Why I would rather watch Chelsea than Arsenal – Emmanuel Petit

Frank Lampard has got an admirer in the former Blues legend.

Emmanuel Petit Frank Lampard


I’ve been very impressed with Frank Lampard since his arrival at Stamford Bridge. The face of the team is completely different from what I saw under the previous manager Maurizio Sarri.

Yes, Sarri won a trophy with Chelsea, but what you’re looking at on the pitch is not the same thing.

Frank has brought some talented British players through with him. We were fearing the transfer ban would be very difficult for him – especially with all the young players in the squad.

But I’ve been very surprised by the way they have played together. They have shown so many qualities both individually and collectively on the pitch.

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Of course, the players themselves are responsible for that, but Frank is the driving force behind everything. He has a good vision, he’s an intelligent guy and his vision for the team is evident.

Frank knows the individual qualities of his players and he took strong choices straight away.

He showed faith in Tammy Abraham and his young players, who are keeping Pedro and other experienced players out of the starting XI. From the start, he had this vision — he knew what he wanted to do.

He can change the system with the players, different positions of the players – especially the midfield players. Sometimes he plays with two or with three, it depends on the opponents and the way he wants to play.

He has made such a huge improvement since he left Derby. The results are so-so, they win, they draw, they lose, but I’ve been very impressed by the way the team is playing, when they have the ball and when they don’t have the ball.

If he keeps on doing that, he can do great, great things as a manager.

I’m not surprised at all. Frank is one of the most intelligent players I’ve played with on the pitch in terms of his movement, decisions, spirit, mentally and his efforts on the training ground.

You could see and feel it when he was there – the way he was preparing himself all the time. He was such a professional with desire, ambition and always wanted to win.

He has no problems in terms of self-confidence – he is a proud guy. He wants to do great things, he has great ambition and he has the quality to do what he wants.

I’m enjoying watching Chelsea again and that hasn’t been the case for a couple of years.

Honestly, this season I really enjoy watching them and that hasn’t been the case with Arsenal.

It’s a pity to see what’s going on now with Arsenal.

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