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Frank Lampard is hailed as one of Chelsea’s greatest players and enjoyed a trophy-laden 13-year spell at the club and he’s the club’s record goalscorer with 211 goals.
Lampard left Stamford Bridge in 2014 having won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and, of course, the Champions League.
Lampard has now returned to Stamford Bridge, this time as a manager after a one-year spell as Derby County boss.
Five years after his Chelsea departure as a player, Lampard still has three former teammates in the Chelsea side, and he has revealed that still has a good relationship with the trio Willian, Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz, and that they also understand that he’s now their boss.
Lampard said: “It felt good to be back. It was certainly a benefit to know the building so well and know so many faces in the building. That made it not so much a first day of school feeling.
“That corridor towards the manager’s office is somewhere you didn’t venture much – as a player I tried to be low maintenance on those terms. I suppose now it’s where I will be!
“It does feel different, but in the short period I have been in charge it changes very quickly. You become accustomed to it and that’s important for me to do that, and it’s important for the players to feel that is the case. I didn’t want too many grey areas. I know some of the players and the relationship with them is so good it’s been no issue. I’m talking about Azpi, David Luiz, Willian’s not here yet.
“I already sensed the size of the club and differences off the pitch, dealing with players with 70 caps and so many titles. No player is the same, but the basics are the same. And I haven’t changed too much in my basic approach.
“On the pitch I will ask for one thing and that’s absolutely buying into how I want to do it.”