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Have you imagined getting into a boxing fight with one of your closest buddies?
Frank Lampard and John Terry shared a dressing room at Stamford Bridge for more than a decade and the duo will be up against each other for the first time in the Premier League as Aston Villa come visiting Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Terry is currently the assistant manager of Aston Villa, and Lampard has hailed the work done by the Chelsea legend and Villa boss Dean Smith. However, Lampard is okay with coming up against his former teammate and revealed that there isn’t much difference after their encounter in the Championship last season. It was Villa who knocked out Lampard’s Derby County in the Championship play-off final to secure progress to the Premier League.
“Not much difference for me,” the Chelsea boss said at his press conference on Tuesday. “I went up against him twice last year. We obviously get on very well and I have huge respect for him, and the work he and Dean Smith have done together at Aston Villa.”
Lampard is expecting Terry to get a befitting reception as he returns to the Bridge for the first time.
He went on: “It’s more about John and the reception he will quite rightly get from the Chelsea fans. He was the most decorated captain, the greatest captain, won everything, feels the club, everybody knows that.
“The fans will certainly show their appreciation and I’m sure it’ll be pretty emotional for John. He deserves that moment and I will certainly be pleased to see his face back at the Bridge.”