Frank Lampard admits that witnessing Chelsea win the Champions League after his dismissal was bittersweet, but he now has another chance at European glory as caretaker manager.
With confidence at Stamford Bridge low, Lampard has been pulled back into the Chelsea hot seat to steady the ship until the conclusion of the season.
Under Graham Potter, the Blues slid into mid-table obscurity, but Lampard now has the opportunity to radically rewrite his story as a Chelsea manager in Europe.
The club legend was fired in the middle of the season before Thomas Tuchel led a resurgent side to the Champions League title in 2021.
If Lampard leads a stunning comeback and the goal-shy Blues defeat Los Blancos, Chelsea will face either Manchester City or Tuchel’s Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.
He was fired before the knockout stages the last time around, but the gracious Tuchel acknowledged him with ‘building the groundwork’ for his achievement.
When asked if he had mixed feelings about the Champions League victory that summer, Lampard replied, “Yeah, you work towards something, you want to be there, you want to be the manager.”
“I’ll never try to lay claim to that. I was part of the early foundation, potentially, but Thomas did a fantastic job getting them there.”
“I will say when I watched it, firstly I’m a Chelsea person, the Chelsea fans are happy and the club deserves that.”
“And secondly to see Mount and Reece [James] perform at that level, people like [Edouard] Mendy, [Ben] Chilwell and Thiago [Silva] who came in in my time there, makes me pretty proud. Again, it was a great achievement by them and very well managed.”
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