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New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed he received a message from former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard following his appointment as Chelsea boss on Tuesday.
Speaking about Lampard, Tuchel said: “I can absolutely assume it was a big disappointment for the fanbase to see that Frank was sacked and I said before, I have the biggest respect. I was a huge fan of Frank as a player.
“It was a pure joy to watch him play, and to see how he played, with the personality he played.
“He was one of the key figures to demonstrate what Chelsea is about. Intensity, devotion and winning mentality.
“I have the biggest respect for him personally and his legacy.
“It just got bigger when I received a personal message today in the morning to wish me all the best and to maybe meet in the future when this is possible.
“Honestly, nothing has changed there but in the last 72 hours the club made clear to me that this is not my fault, clearly not my fault, and I cannot change the situation for him.
“The decision was made and I was handed the opportunity, but I mean what I say.”