World class Lampard is on the right path for Daniel Farke
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Frank Lampard was a world class player and Daniel Farke insists he has the potential to be a coaching titan ahead of his Championship duel against the Derby boss.
Farke likes what he sees from the former Chelsea and England midfielder in his first coaching post, but is relishing the challenge at Pride Park on Wednesday with City on a seven match unbeaten run.
'We know we face one of the toughest tasks in the league but we are looking forward to this game,' he said. 'Derby, for me, one of the big three or four favourites for promotion. They had a really good summer transfer window and signed some unbelievably high quality players - a really good balance of experienced Championship players and some exciting young players and many options.
'But when you have two or three younger players you can struggle with some consistency. But also you have this big cup win at Manchester United and a lot of praise and the next game you play a proper side in Bolton, who is fighting for points.
'We had it last season against Arsenal in the cup. It is a big mental challenge.
'There is no doubt the quality of young players like Mason Mount, Harry Wilson, (Tom) Lawrence is outstanding.'
Farke is a fan of Lampard's philosophy.
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'When you analyse the games you see a really good side and that is a compliment to Frank and the job he has done there. We are full of respect,' he said. 'I am pretty sure this team finishes in a high position.
'It is a tough job to go into the Championship for your first job as a coach. You can't compare the life of a player and that of a coach. As a player he was world class with so much experience.
'Then it is difficult to start a new job but I can see his philosophy and I like it a lot, in terms of his way of football. They are flexible with lots of vertical play and able to create chances with many offensive threats.
'For Frank, it is a big task as a new coach.
'As a player you only have to concentrate on your own job and to produce good performances. Now he has to fulfil many roles; in terms of man management, to lead a group of nearly 30 people, plus the backroom staff, media demands and many other topics.
'So far I can only compliment him for his work and it is pretty good appointment for Derby.'