During Frank Lampard’s time at Chelsea, the Blues were always competing in the Champions League, and there were so many tough games we played.
However, only one team stands out for Chelsea legend Frank Lampard – Barcelona.
The Blues legend, who recently announced his retirement from the game, admitted that playing at Camp Nou was the only thing that got to him.
“Facing Barcelona at the Nou Camp and going up against Xavi and Iniesta,” said Lampard when asked who he had been in awe of.
“Obviously [Lionel] Messi is the best player in the world, but in midfield you’re playing against those two on a massive pitch.”
“That was the only ‘in awe’ moment for me, the only team I went into the game thinking, ‘Oh god, here we go,'” he told Chelsea’s matchday programme.
“I didn’t feel like that when we played them at the Bridge because I always believed we could get to them – it’s tighter, we got closer to them, stopped them playing. But at their place they opened up and they were brilliant. We actually had a half-decent record against them, even at the Nou Camp – we never got completely smashed.”
Lampard played against Barcelona 10 times during his Chelsea career, of which Chelsea had the edge, winning three of those games, while Barca won three.
Surely, the feeling is mutual among both clubs, as Barcelona Ronaldinho also admitted that Chelsea were the team that troubled Barca the most in Europe.