Read What Lampard Has To Say Ahead Of His First Champions League Game As Manager

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While at Chelsea, Frank Lampard featured in a lot of Champions League games and scored as well, and the Blues legend was part of the victorious set that went on to win the competition for the first time in Chelsea’s history in 2012.

Lampard featured in two Champions League finals and reached the semifinals a couple of times, and he is now set for his first game as manager in a Champions League clash.

Lampard had only been manager for one year at Derby County as he was in charge of the Championship side before his appointment as Chelsea boss in July.

The 41-year-old has now admitted that he’s proud to lead the team for his first Champions League game as manager and he’s looking forward to it as Chelsea play host to Valencia tonight.

“I will be proud to do it,” Lampard said of the prospect of managing in the competition for the first time, “because I had multiple incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones, and it is the ultimate in club football for me.

“There is something about nights at Stamford Bridge, something about the Champions League music. There are memories I have and we have here as Chelsea people and I want to experience it on this

[the managerial]

side of the fence.

“So I will be proud to take the team out, very aware that what matters is results, what matters is starting the group well against tough opposition but yes, I am excited.”

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