‘What better person is there to learn under?’: Wayne Bridge on why former teammate Frank Lampard can bring success to Chelsea and how retirement gave him a new lease of life
- Wayne Bridge and Frank Lampard were teammates for six seasons at Chelsea
- The retired left-back is impressed at Chelsea’s progress with him as manager
- In retirement, Bridge has worked on many projects including ASICS’ Eternal Run
- He revealed how daily exercise helped him after the end of his football career
Lampard and Bridge spent six seasons together at Stamford Bridge and the retired left-back is confident that he is the right man to guide a crop of youngsters to success should he be able to recruit well once the club’s transfer embargo ends.
Having taken over as boss in the summer, Lampard’s young side are sixth in the table with three wins from six games, their latest victory coming against Brighton.
Wayne Bridge and Frank Lampard spent six seasons together as teammates at Chelsea
Bridge highlighted Lampard’s immense work ethic and told Sportsmail: ‘There has to be a chance of him winning top honours there.
‘If he gets the chance to buy the right players I can’t see why they couldn’t build a title-winning side.
‘With the way they play and the young players getting a chance, they are going in the right direction.’
‘If it is confidence they need I am sure Lamps will give it to them. What better person is there to learn under? It is great for the young kids. I hope they keep playing well and can go onto achieve some success.’
Bridge is confident Lampard has all the attributes to succeed as manager of his old side
Bridge admitted he harbours hopes of following his former colleague into coaching one day, but doesn’t see it as a priority.
He said: ‘I would never say never, I just don’t know if it would be for me, I get frustrated watching, I would rather be doing something, I find it difficult to sit back and watch especially when it is something I can’t do it anymore.’
Bridge also revealed he found life tough after retiring in 2014, his career brought to a halt at 35 due to ongoing knee problems after a spell at Reading.
He said: ‘I did struggle after I retired, I thought I would be perfectly fine but I missed being around the lads and training every day.
‘I ended up going to do boxing and other things. Mentally it is good for me and I feel better after I’ve done it.’
Bridge participated in ASICS’ Eternal Run having taken up running during retirement
As part of his quest for new challenges in retirement – and as a keen runner – Bridge participated in the Eternal Run challenge set by sportswear brand ASICS.
Alongside 21 other participants, Bridge was tasked with running as far as possible on the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah wearing the new GildeRide shoes.
With the aim of running a race with no barriers, Bridge completed 21 miles before being pulled out for dropping below his set pace three times – a remarkable feat considering his knee issues.
Bridge, however, accepts that the problem is a natural by-product of a 14-year professional career.
‘I feel good, my body feels okay, my knee is the only problem. It is just one of those things that can’t be helped. I have no cartilage so I just have to take care of it.
‘I am gutted I still can’t play but I guess that is life.
‘The run itself was absolutely stunning. The salt flats were pure white and I made so many memories doing it.’
The experiment saw 22 participants run across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah
The event was designed to see how far humans could push themselves without barriers
The 39-year-old also explained how regular exercise helps keep him focused and in the best place mentally.
He said: ‘If I don’t do something every day, mentally I’m not as good as I can be. I’m probably not as happy, whereas if I trained every day I am happy about life, I feel good about life.
‘I feel like I need to do it. I feel better around my family and I end up being more energetic with the kids. For me I know I have got to do it.’