Frank Lampard has welcomed any added pressure that might come with his first game in charge of Derby County being televised live on Sky Sports.
The Rams boss will be in the dugout for the first time for a competitive match when his new side make the trip to the Madejski Stadium to face Reading on Friday 3rd August.
Lampard’s first match will also see a familiar face in the opposing technical area, with ex-Derby boss Paul Clement at the helm at Reading. Clement also coached Lampard at Chelsea.
But the former England international is used to life in the spotlight.
“I am used to pressure, I like it, I feed off that,” he told the club’s official TV channel.
“If there is an added pressure, hopefully it is a good one and we all react to it, not just myself.
“It’s about us winning games so whether it is live on Sky on Friday night or we are traveling away and it’s not on Sky, we need to be at it. We need to turn that extra pressure into a positive.”
“The first one is huge. I know Paul and he has a relationship with the club from before, so it will be a big game for us on the Friday night.
“It’s a brilliant one to get us started.”
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Lampard said seeing the fixtures released has “got the juices flowing” as he prepares to welcome back the Derby County players for pre-season next week.
He added: “Firstly, you have to get your work in in pre-season to be ready and we want to start well.
“Hopefully that big bulk of fitness and tactical work in pre-season will carry through.
“We know it’s tough, there is no way to dodge around that but I believe we have a strong enough squad to do really well.”