LAMPARD SENDS SPECIAL MESSAGE TO CHELSEA AHEAD OF CARABAO CUP CLASH

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Frank Lampard is rated as one of the greatest ever players in the history of Chelsea, and the man is still adored at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard is the club’s highest goal scorer and spent 13 years at the club winning titles and scoring very important goals.

Lampard left Chelsea at the end of 2013/2014 season and visited Stamford Bridge as a Manchester City player in 2015.

Now as a manager, the Chelsea legend will be visiting the Bridge tonight as the manager of Derby County and he has revealed that Chelsea will always be his home.

Lampard told the official Chelsea website: “It will be different as a manager because of the nature of my job.

“This is a new career path for me. As a player it was difficult. I was nervous, I enjoyed it but I’m not sure if I did enjoy it, it was one of those weird ones.

“As a manager I can go back with a different feeling but it will always be home for me. Thirteen years of success and I’m so thankful to the club and to the fans and everybody who helped me personally along the way to be part of that.

“So it’s surreal but it’s great. I want to enjoy it more than I did as a player because I want to suck it all in and meet people that I’ve known for years, who work there and are the heartbeat of the club.”

Lampard also expressed his gratitude to the club for permitting Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount play against their parent club.

“They should thank, and I thank, Chelsea for that,” Lampard said. “They’re their players and I think Chelsea saw the big picture, which is their personal development and the chance to play at Stamford Bridge is great for them.

“They would have been devastated not to be able to, I’m really pleased for them and they need to perform and to show what I think they have been showing for us here, and it will be great for them.

“It’s a great night for them and it’s a great night for myself and the staff, in terms of Jody and Chris Jones, who were obviously there for long periods in different ways.”

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Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.