Chelsea’s Lampard was left in tears by strict dad in car journeys after football

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was left with tears streaming down his face after dressing downs from his own father in the car.

It came as the England legend grew up trying to get a break in football.

Speaking on The High Performance Podcast with Jake Humphrey and Professor Damian Hughes, the Blues boss opened up on how his dad toughened him up.

Lampard said: "He had a tough upbringing, much tougher than mine.

"He lost his father when he was very young, and had to fight to become a professional footballer.

"And he kind of carried that demeanor, very old school, very strong. I remember driving home from Sunday morning games, and I’ve said this before, but he would be sort of shouting at me in the car.

"Looking back I was like, I don’t understand how you can be shouting at me when I’m 12 or 13 years of age.

"And then I’d get home, and I’d be crying, and my mum would be the one that would bring me my lunch or a cake or something.

"That’s probably why I was a chubby kid. But she would be the one that would settle me down. And so I’d like to think that I took both of those sorts of sides to it in my professional career."

Lampard would go on to have an outstanding career, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Champions League.

He also went on to become Chelsea's all-time highest goalscorer with 211 despite being a midfielder.

"I was driven by my dad in that tough way, but had my mum giving me those sort of little moments," he added. "And I remember as I got older, my mum would always be the one — because I’m quite reactive.

"If I took criticism when I was playing, I’d want to say something back. I’m a bit like that in life.

"And my mum was always the one to say to me, just rise above it; I remember her saying that all the time, rise above.

"Rise above. And when I was younger, I couldn’t quite understand it as much as I probably think about it now.

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"And I still don’t always rise above it, don’t get me wrong.

"I’m reactive still. But when you have those moments sometimes you think about mum’s words.

"And probably my dad’s actions were probably what kind of moulded me in a footballing sense for sure, but in a life way as well."

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