But the Chelsea manager insists he has “no fears” and is still confident he will be able to ride out.
A week that saw the unexpected sale of David Luiz, a 4-0 drubbing at Old Trafford and now a major European final against Liverpool, is the sort of hurtling thrill-ride many come to Istanbul to enjoy.
Only they head to nearby theme park Vialand, which boasts a 164ft tall track upon which carts travel at speeds up to 68mph on a ride they call “Nefeskesen”.
The word is Turkish for “Breath Taker” – something Lampard had little time to do as he prepared his side to try to bounce back from their opening defeat on the banks of the Bosporus.
I am optimistic because I believe in the players
“This week is a good example of that roller coaster – but I had a year at Derby last season where I had similar roller coasters,” Lampard said.
“That comes with managers’ jobs, particularly at clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City – all the bigger teams.
“I’m very prepared for that. It has been a week where a lot has happened – but I was ready for that and I certainly don’t fear that.
“There are challenges every day in this job, from small decisions at the training ground to a bigger decision about a player after a result. I’m prepared for that and let’s see what the roller-coaster brings moving forward.”
There is no doubt that the whole club suffered a nerve-jangling descent at Old Trafford and The European Super Cup final will be measure of how some of Chelsea’s younger players can cope with that.
Turn the corner, of course, and it is a chance to lift his first silverware as a manager and lay to bed the demons of two Super Cup defeats as a player against Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Those were rare failures, of course, during 13 glittering years of success at the club. Chelsea seemed to develop a knack of winning which owner Roman Abramovich is hoping will rub off on the new generation with the transfer ban currently in place.
Nevertheless, ahead of taking a watching brief during a fairly intense work-out in the steeply banked bowl of the Besiktas Stadium, Lampard warned that there is no magic formula that you can bottle.
“I understand that concept in terms of Chelsea, because we have won a lot and there’s been lots of change with different players in slightly different eras,” he said. “But it is hard to pinpoint what winning mentality is or what DNA is.
“For me it comes from hard work on the training pitch and it comes from a spirit and a bond and something you work at every day in training and bring into big matches.
“I don’t want to give the squad or a young player the ultimatum that if we don’t win tomorrow then that’s the winning mentality gone.
“It’s not. I lost semi-finals, finals and really big games with a really good squad.
“We really want to win the Super Cup of course. But the picture is how we work together to become a team.
“I am optimistic because I believe in the players and I believe in the fact we are here in the final because we deserve to be.
“That is the achievement of the players and the club last season, not myself.
“I am proud to be here managing the team, though, and I believe in my players.
“If we play to our maximum we can win the match.”
PROBABLE TEAM (4-2-3-1): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso; Kante, Pulisic; Mount, Barkley, Pedro; Giroud
REFEREE: Stephanie Frappart (France)
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