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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has returned to the club as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement. Lampard signed a new three-year deal with the club after leaving Derby County at the end of last season.
David Luiz signed for Chelsea in 2012, as Chelsea snapped up the Brazilian from Benfica. The 32-year-old is currently the only surviving member of the Chelsea squad that won the Champions League in 2012, and he spent 3 years as teammate with Lampard before his departure from the club.
The Brazilian believes Lampard’s leadership skills in the dressing room as a player is similar to what he’s doing as a manager and he has revealed that he’s looking forward to working with his staff ahead of the new season.
“He’s leading the team like he did as a player but just in a different way now,” the defender.
“He cannot run anymore or score goals for us but he’s still a leader so it will be easy to understand him. It’s great to have him back and not just him but all his staff as well because they have known this club for a long time, they love this club and they were waiting for this opportunity.”
Chelsea’s pre-season campaign in Ireland is over and will continue in Japan, as the Blues take on Kawasaki Frontale in Tokyo on Friday before facing Barcelona the following Tuesday in Saitama.
“We’ve had a great time in Dublin,” Luiz said after our win over St Patrick’s.
“We are starting to understand what Lamps wants from us and we want to continue in the same way, to work a lot and know what we have to do on the pitch.
“There’s been a great spirit and energy. It’s always important to be positive in life, especially in our job, and it’s been great for us to start in this way. It’s not always easy to start again after a long period on holiday but we are doing very well and trying to get in shape as soon as possible.”