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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be up against a friend and colleague in Brendan Rodgers when the two sides meet on Sunday evening at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard has a good relationship with the Leicester City manager from his days as a youth coach, and the Blues boss has revealed that they have maintained their relationship ever since.
Lampard will be in search for his first win as Chelsea manager when the Foxes come visiting on Sunday, and Lampard admits that he has huge respect for Rodgers.
Lampard said: “I had a lot of contact with Brendan who was, like we’re trying to build here now, the link between the Academy and the first team. That needs to be strong, a big part of the club, and he was over in the first-team building a lot.
“The thing that stood out for me was probably the detail of him as a coach. He wanted to speak, wanted to ask questions, wanted to learn and was very big on the details in his sessions and organised. So he stood out for me.
“After that, when he moved on and went to Reading and Watford, he took my dad as a consultant two days a week and they were working quite closely. I certainly appreciated that, getting me dad out of the house! From then on I’ve had a good relationship with him. I saw him on holiday a couple of years ago by chance and we always have a chat. So I have top respect for him.”
Rodgers had also revealed that he’s been impressed with Lampard’s work so far.
“Frank and (assistant) Jody (Morris) are a perfect fit for it. They both understand the fabric of the club,” said Rodgers.
“Frank understands the policy at the club, with the transfer ban, and he is giving young players a chance, which perhaps in the past those young players wouldn’t get that opportunity.
“But, under Frank and Jody, young players are getting a chance to flourish now and he is doing a good job.
“In the games I have seen, Chelsea have played with a good tempo and intensity.
“Frank understands the importance of giving those young players a chance, but he also knows he has to win matches and get results, and I believe he will do well there.”