Frank Lampard has said that he is looking forward to making his first return to Stamford Bridge, saying that it will be a ‘special’ experience.
Lampard spent 13 years of his illustrious playing career wearing the Blue of Chelsea, before finishing his career with spells at Man City and NYCFC.
He has taken his first forays into football management this season, taking charge of Championship side Derby County. With his side currently sitting in the playoffs, Lampard has already gotten the better of his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho when his side knocked Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup, with the subsequent draw handing the 40-year-old a dream return to Stamford Bridge.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s game, the former England midfielder was of course asked about his feelings about facing the side for who he is still the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.
“I realise how important Chelsea were in my life and what I owe for that in terms of thanks,” Lampard told his pre-match press conference.
“I’ll be proud and honoured to be taking my team to a club that was my home for 13 years and still feels like home.
“I’ve got great affiliation with Derby already, I’m working hard to do something good here and I love it, but I can’t forget 13 years of my career.
“I was lucky to be part of a strong era, the infrastructure that was laid by Roman Abramovich, it’ll be special to be back there and feel that atmosphere again.”
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