LAMPARD ADMITS HE WAS AFRAID WHEN ABRAMOVICH TOOK OVER THE CLUB. REVEALS IT WAS MOURINHO WHO CHANGED HIM

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When mega-rich Russian Roman Abramovich arrived at Chelsea 14 years ago, he started splashing the cash almost immediately, with the likes of Juan Sebastian Veron, Geremi, Damien Duff, Adrian Mutu, Hernan Crespo and Joe Cole – among the early arrivals after Abramovich bought over the club.

And it left two Chelsea legends Frank Lampard and his teammate John Terry fearing the worst.

The midfielder told Sky Sports: “When Roman came in it was tough because he brought all these players in.

“Me, John and Eidur Gudjohnsen were looking at each other and thinking: ‘We’re not going to get in this team’.

“For me that was tough. I got through the first year under Claudio Ranieri, then Jose [Mourinho] came in and brought all his self-confidence and people may call it arrogance, but you needed a bit of that in a professional sense and it came to me.

“There wasn’t a million tactical things that Jose said but he changed me as a person.

“He made me believe in myself, he made Chelsea believe as a team, he made us think we would be champions and we all believed it.”

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