Lampard Can’t Wait To Face Barcelona

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Chelsea’s next pre-season game is against Barcelona in the Rakuten Cup in Japan.

The game will mark Chelsea’s third pre-season game of the summer, and it’ll be the first for the Spanish side.

Chelsea played a 1-1 draw with Bohemians in the first pre-season game, and then defeated St Patrick’s 4-0 in the second pre-season game. The third pre-season game under Frank Lampard ended in a surprise 1-0 defeat to Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale.

And now, ahead of Tuesday’s game against Barcelona in the Rakuten Cup, Lampard has revealed that he’s looking forward to the game, as he had some massive experiences as a player against Barca.

“Barcelona are a team that I have some great memories of playing against, some good and some bad,” he said.

“I have always had a huge respect for them because when you play against Barcelona you know you are playing against, they say, more than a club, and I agree with that. We are very proud to be here to play this match.

“Everybody has been very friendly, very respectful and we really appreciate that. When we come to Japan, the welcome we get is unforgettable.”

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck also chose to remember the victories Chelsea have had against the Spanish side.

“We have enjoyed our visit here and the facilities have all been great,” he said. “Our history in playing Barcelona has been long and colourful. Barcelona won more than we did but football is like life and you remember the victories more than you remember the defeats. At the Nou Camp in 2012, we had one of our greatest victories and one of our greatest goals from Ramires.

“I would like to thank Rakuten for inviting us to play in the Rakuten Cup. It will be good preparation for our league season. I would also like to thank our sponsor Yokohama Tyres for the support they have provided, and also the J.League who have been very helpful and provided a lot of assistance for our trip.”

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