After defeating his former boss Jose Mourinho as Manchester United faced Derby County in the third round of the Carabao Cup, Frank Lampard will lead his charges to Stamford Bridge in the fourth round tie.
Derby County showed strong spirit to play a 2-2 draw against United, and ended up winning the game 8-7 on penalty to throw Jose Mourinho’s side out of the cup.
And now, the Blues legend will be back at the ground where he enjoyed elite status as a footballer, and this time around he’ll be coming as an opposition manager.
Lampard has revealed that it will be very emotional to return to the ground where he once called home.
Reacting to the draw that pitted Chelsea and Derby County, Lampard said: “It will be very special to go back to Stamford Bridge. It was my home and my club for 13 years and the opportunity to go back and see the fans and the people behind the scenes is an incredible occasion for me.
“It’s a club that took me in. I moved across London from a so-called rival and they took me in instantly.
“I was fortunate enough to spend successful years there and it was a family. It still feels that way but the club moves on.”
After causing an upset by defeating Manchester United, Lampard was asked the possibility of another upset, to which he responded: “It’s a nice occasion for me. It’s a nice story and nice emotions around it personally, but the great test is for the players.
“We came through the Manchester United game so well with a mixture of the younger players and the experienced players and to go and perform at Old Trafford like we did is a credit to them.
“It’s a similar occasion for them to go to Stamford Bridge and give a good account of ourselves whatever the result may be.
“It’s a very tough game for us to win again, but I think the test for the players against such a fantastic team is going to be a great one for them.”