Frank Lampard looks forward to Chelsea return

Frank Lampard looks forward to Chelsea return

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Frank Lampard looks forward to Chelsea return

Derby County manager Frank Lampard says it will be ‘special’ to return to Stamford Bridge to face former club Chelsea on Wednesday night.

It’s now been three-and-a-half years since Lampard left Chelsea to spend a year with Manchester City before finishing his career with New York City FC, with this now being his first return to the club as a manager.

The 40-year-old won every honour possible during his time at Chelsea and left as the club’s all-time leading scorer, having reached double figures for league goals in 10 consecutive Premier League seasons.

On returning to Stamford Bridge this week, Lampard said: “I realise how important Chelsea were in my life and what I owe for that in terms of thanks.

“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.”

The Rams have been excellent since Lampard took over in the summer, currently sitting 6th in the Championship table after taking seven points from their last three matches in the league.

They have also already defeated Manchester United in this competition, winning at Old Trafford in the previous round as Lampard got one over former manager Jose Mourinho.

Derby also have two players currently on loan from Chelsea in Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount, with the Rams manager heaping praise on the latter, who recently received his first senior England call-up.

“He can be very special. Those things are always easier to say after the event, like I did about Hazard, I don’t want to heap pressure on Mason.

“All the signs are there in terms of quality, talent and work rate. Even if he’s having a game when he can’t always be affecting everything with the ball, his work rate is outstanding,

“That’s what sets him out as a young player, he’ll improve, he’s only 19. It’s a great test for him to go up against Chelsea.”

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