Lampard: Alvaro Morata v haters & El Nino’s mental frailties

Alvaro Morata

Frank Lampard on Chelsea

Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer, Frank Lampard, now writes a weekly column for the London Evening Standard.

This week’s report is on Chelsea, while Lampard has focused in on new striker Alvaro Morata.

Morata, 24, joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in the summer.

Some have questioned whether the Spanish international was good enough to lead Chelsea to silverware, despite the forward’s record at Juventus and Real Madrid.

So far Morata has hit the ground running. He’s scored five goals and chalked up four assists in four matches for club and country.

With those stats to rely on, Lampard has sung the praises of Chelsea’s new centre-forward:

Technically Alvaro is fantastic, as is his movement.  

Alvaro has already proven a few people here wrong who were questioning whether he could cope with the combative game in this country. 

I think he can handle anything. Plus we haven’t seen him really link up with Eden Hazard yet. Great strikers feed off great players, so he will definitely get the chances he craves – it will be about sticking them away. 

Diego Costa & Fernando Torres

Lampard has also looked at Morata in the context of two former Blues forwards: Diego Costa and Fernando Torres.

On Costa, Lampard managed to dredge up his Champions League stats. “Diego Costa scored only twice in this tournament for Chelsea”.

On El Nino, Lampard revealed how Torres allowed bad reviews get into his head at Stamford Bridge:

There was a lot of talk around Fernando when he was struggling to score. The fans stuck behind him but you could see how he was taking the criticism from elsewhere personally.

He was quietly spoken and at times when he was sitting in the dressing room, it looked like there was a huge weight on his shoulders.

Also see: Chelsea v Qarabag predictions: Champions League preview, line-ups & betting tips.

Stamford Bridge legend returns to Chelsea

Antonio Conte

Welcome return

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard returned to the Cobham training centre earlier this week.

The Stamford Bridge legend was helping out with the Under-18’s training session, undoubtedly an invaluable experience for many of the youngsters.

The former England midfielder was helping out his old teammate Jody Morris, who manages the side.

Lampard is the Blues’ all time leading scorer with 211 goals, although his time at the club ended on a somewhat sour note.

Lampard’s final Premier League club was Man City, a move that puzzled, if not upset, many at Chelsea.

The 39-year-old retired from football last year following a spell in the MLS with New York City FC.

Check out Chelsea’s video of Lampard below

Zappacosta’s first session

Having missed out on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who favoured a move to Liverpool, Chelsea signed Italian right-back Davide Zappacosta.

The 25-year-old will be looking to make his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt when they face Leicester this weekend.

Zappacosta, who signed from Torino, had his first training session with his new teammates earlier this week, following the international break.

Zappacosta is likely to be second choice to Chelsea’s right-wingback Victor Moses, at least initially.

There could also be a first Chelsea appearance for Danny Drinkwater, against his former side. The central midfielder was a deadline day signing and joins as a replacement for Nemanja Matic.

Eden Hazard is set for his first start of the season following a successful return to football with Belgium. Hazard is yet to feature for his club side this season after picking up an injury at the back end of the last campaign.

Hazard bagged a goal and an assist in a 9-0 thrashing over Gibraltar during the international break.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard signs for BT Sport, banters with Liverpool icons

Frank Lampard signs for BT Sport

Frank Lampard signs for BT Sport

England and Chelsea hero Frank Lampard is joining BT Sport as a football pundit the broadcaster have revealed.

Lampard, who is Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer with 211 goals, will join BT Sport’s team of expert football analysts for live Premier League, Emirates FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches from the start of the season.

Frank is well qualified to give his expert opinion, having won each of the competitions as a player, including three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League in his 13 years with Chelsea.

“I’m delighted to be joining BT Sport”

Frank Lampard said: “I’m delighted to be joining BT Sport. I’m looking forward to an exciting new season both here and in Europe and can’t wait to begin working with the team.”

During his 20-year playing career, Lampard played at West Ham, Chelsea, Manchester City and New York City, scored a total of 300 goals in 1,010 professional matches. He scored his 211 goals for Chelsea in 649 games and also netted 29 times for his country in 106 appearances.

Frank will make his debut this weekend on BT Sport’s coverage of the FA Community Shield, when Premier League champions Chelsea face FA Cup winners Arsenal.

Steven Gerrard welcomes Lampard to BT Sport

Besides the fact that Frank Lampard has already proved himself to be a fine pundit, the announcement also means the Chelsea legend will work closely with Liverpool star Steven Gerrard.

During their time in the England squad together, it was often said that Gerrard and Lampard could not play together as a central midfield pairing.

Amusingly, Gerrard welcomed Lampard with a reference to their England days. And, fellow Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher also got involved.

See the “banter” below between Gerrard, Carragher and Lampard. Funny stuff!

Jamie Carragher & Frank Lampard reply to Steven Gerrard

Jamie Carragher & Frank Lampard reply to Steven Gerrard

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Chelsea icon Frank Lampard, a coke-dealing dominatrix & how his house is a sex dungeon

Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley

The Sun v Frank Lampard

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard may fall off his chair when he sees the lead story on the Sun’s website on Sunday.

In an eye-catching headline, the Sun have told their readers the following:

Frank Lampard’s house is being used as a sex dungeon by coke-dealing dominatrix who loves to tie up and spank clients with riding crops and whips.

Lampard, 37, recently retired from football back in February.

The Sun v Frank Lampard

What’s the story?

Of course, the Sun appear to have made a mountain out of a molehill.

The story runs that one of Lampard’s properties is being used by a woman called Davina Ward in a manner which may alarm the ex-pro. The tabloid reports:

Strapping bodybuilding champ Davina loves to spank and tie up clients — and even sells cocaine at the footie star’s £2million property.

Punters rocking up to her “dungeon”  — close to an exclusive infant school — pay £400 an hour for services including cross dressing.

Kinky Davina charges £100 extra to make porn films there.

To be clear, this has nothing to do with Lampard personally, while there is no indication that Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer knows anything about this.

As for the former Blues star, he’s attracted attention for the following social media update over the weekend.

Frank Lampard compares himself to Harry Kane, bigs up Tottenham’s Pochettino

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard talks to the Sunday Times

The big interview in the Sunday Times is with Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, Frank Lampard.

Lampard has recently retired, while he’s currently often seen on TV as a pundit during live games.

The Blues legend talked on a range of topics, including why England’s golden generation underperformed, his style of scoring, and the best ways to manage players.

Why England sucked

On his time with the England national team, Lampard was forthright in explaining why his counterparts failed:

We performed for our clubs but not as a team. We rocked up, some of us didn’t like each other because we played against each other every week.

Look at a great country in modern times, like Germany, and I look at their players… Their education system, how they push them, the way they put a reliance on education at the same time as developing them as footballers, is huge. And, for me, that’s a huge factor.

His playing style

Having touched on how England footballers are raised and educated in the game, Lampard also discussed what parts of training he preferred.

That ended up with the Chelsea legend comparing himself with Tottenham centre-forward Harry Kane:

I hated dinking keepers. I hated trying to put it in the top corner. Most times I put my head down and foot through it and scored a lot of goals through deflections.

That wasn’t luck, that came from striking the ball hard and early — like Harry Kane.

Management styles

Will Lampard get into coaching in the future? Could he one day become the Chelsea boss?

It’s clear the ex-pro is still working out what the rest of his career looks like, but when discussing how best to succeed in the management side of the game, Lampard believes Tottenham have the perfect template in place:

Much as I’m interested in coaching I’ve just as much interest in how to deal with people. I see someone like [Mauricio] Pochettino and his relationship with players — like both a boss and a bit of a friend — and I love that.

Jermaine Jenas destroyed by Frank Lampard & Chelsea fans after Spurs comments

Jermaine Jenas destroyed by Frank Lampard & Chelsea fans after Spurs comments

Chelsea 4 – Tottenham 2

Tottenham may have dominated possession against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday but it is Antonio Conte’s side that are going to Wembley.

And, there was a very “Spursy” reaction to losing their seventh FA Cup semi-final in succession, which is really a quite staggering record.

Chelsea won out thanks to a brace by Willian and fine strikes by Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic.

Jermaine Jenas argues Spurs were better

Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Spurs was broadcast in England on the BBC with Gary Lineker joined by Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard and Jermaine Jenas.

The former Spurs and Newcastle midfielder has emerged as a big fan of Mauricio Pochettino’s side and he argued that Tottenham were unlucky to win the match at Wembley today.

The clip of Jenas arguing with Shearer and Lampard has gone viral, with Chelsea fans laying into the former.

“Spurs played better than Chelsea”

And, celebrating this discussion in particular:

Jenas: Spurs played better than Chelsea.

Lampard: You don’t need to be at your best to win semis and finals, I know a lot about it.

Jenas: Tell me, Spurs were the better team, won’t you be disappointed to lose like that?

Lampard: Well, I would be disappointed if we lost 4-2 and be called a better team later.

Jenas v Lampard video

Jenas Trolled, Lampard hailed

Frank Lampard pays incredible tribute to John Terry

Frank Lampard and John Terry

John Terry to leave Chelsea at the end of the season

One of the big football stories on Easter Monday is that John Terry will leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

It was well known that Terry is out of contract at the end of the season, having spent an incredible 22 years at Stamford Bridge.

The announcement was made jointly by Terry and Chelsea on Monday afternoon, and there has been plenty of speculation about where the defender will end his playing career now.

Related: John Terry set to play against Chelsea next season.

Toni Terry drops hint about John Terry’s future after Chelsea announcement.

Frank Lampard’s incredible tribute to John Terry

In the hours since the Chelsea announcement, there have already been some tributes to John Terry.

It looks like his great Chelsea mate Frank Lampard has already won the award for best tribute.

Also below, Cesar Azpilicueta, a key part of the current Chelsea squad, has also paid tribute to the Blues captain.

Frank Lampard tribute

The last man standing of an incredible era for @chelseafc.

What a pleasure to play with the greatest defender in the @premierleague history.

In fact, I’d put him up with any defender in world football of any era.

He led the club both on and off the pitch from the moment he made his debut.

He set standards for everyone, whether it was demanding excellence in training, fighting for every win or respecting how fortunate we were to play for such a great club.

He was, and is, a legend, not just for his talent but just as much for his desire to get the best out of himself and others around him.

That’s what made him the most successful captain in the club’s history. Off the pitch a great friend to not just me but so many at the club and outside of it. The countless things I’ve seen JT do to help people outside of the game, things that not many see, are what defines him as a man.

@johnterry.26 you deserve every accolade you get over the next weeks and beyond and I hope you get what you deserve and lift two massive trophies at the end of the season(just to add to the tally).

Whatever you do next I know everyone will respect your decision and I know that the Chels will always be your club. Absolute respect #jt #captain #leader #legend

The last man standing of an incredible era for @chelseafc. What a pleasure to play with the greatest defender in the @premierleague history. In fact, I'd put him up with any defender in world football of any era. He led the club both on and off the pitch from the moment he made his debut. He set standards for everyone, whether it was demanding excellence in training, fighting for every win or respecting how fortunate we were to play for such a great club. He was, and is, a legend, not just for his talent but just as much for his desire to get the best out of himself and others around him. That's what made him the most successful captain in the club's history. Off the pitch a great friend to not just me but so many at the club and outside of it. The countless things I've seen JT do to help people outside of the game, things that not many see, are what defines him as a man. @johnterry.26 you deserve every accolade you get over the next weeks and beyond and I hope you get what you deserve and lift two massive trophies at the end of the season(just to add to the tally ). Whatever you do next I know everyone will respect your decision and I know that the Chels will always be your club. Absolute respect#jt #captain #leader #legend

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Frank Lampard picks his Spurs star v Bournemouth (Video)

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard on Mousa Dembele

Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, Frank Lampard, spoke on BBC radio on Saturday following Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth at White Hart Lane.

Spurs are finishing the season in supreme form, as they keep the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side remain unbeaten at White Hart lane all season.

After the match against the Cherries, Lampard singled out Dembele for praise.

‘One of the hardest to play against’

Lampard touched on his own experiences playing against the Belgian midfielder as he bigged up Dembele’s ability.

Chelsea, Man United stars joined Mauricio Pochettino’s duo in Frank Lampard’s EPL XI

Frank Lampard

Premier League team of the season

Rather than Gary Neville, Chelsea icon Frank Lampard was a guest pundit on Sky’s Monday Night Football.

During his time on the show, the Blues all-time leading goalscorer offered his thoughts on who should be in the Premier League team of the season.

Lampard’s team was heavily populated with Chelsea stars, while he also included players from Tottenham, Liverpool, Man United, Burnley and Southampton.

The back five

The only Man United player to get the nod from Lampard was Red Devils keeper David De Gea.

Burnley centre-half Michael Keane was selected in a centre-half partnership with David Luiz, while Cesar Azpilicueta was selected in the right-back slot.

On the other flank, former Chelsea Champions League winner Ryan Bertrand, now at Southampton, filled the left-back slot.

Four-man diamond midfield

Two Chelsea stars were picked in the middle of the park. N’Golo Kante was handed the defensive midfield role at the bottom of the diamond while Eden Hazard was picked to play down the left hand side.

Liverpool’s England international Adam Lallana forced his way into the midfield, while the final position went to Tottenham star Dele Alli.

The front two

Somewhat amazingly, Lampard failed to pick Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his team.

Instead, he opted to pick Tottenham’s Harry Kane up front alongside Chelsea’s Diego Costa.

See the full team below.

Frank Lampard picks EPL team of the year

Eden Hazard has a wink for Frank Lampard post-West Ham 1 – Chelsea 2 (Video)

Chelsea win at West Ham

Chelsea maintained their lead at the top of the table with a 2-1 win at West Ham tonight.

Goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa were enough to see off their London rivals and ensure they remain on track for the title.

Hazard speaks to MNF

Goalscorer and Man of the Match Eden Hazard spoke to the lads in the Sky studio afterwards, and had a wink for former teammate Frank Lampard.

Hazard insists he’s not worried about a points total, and that simply winning the league and bringing the title back to the Bridge will suffice.

Frank Lampard explains why Antonio Conte is succeeding at Chelsea (Video)

Antonio Conte

Conte at Chelsea

Antonio Conte has been a revelation as Chelsea manager.

Granted, he did arrive in England with serious credentials, having won 3 Serie A titles at Juventus and taken Italy to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

But even still, the way in which he’s transformed Chelsea and taken them to the top of the table has been seriously impressive.

Lampard sees the system as key

And Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is suitably impressed.

The record Chelsea goalscorer is on Monday Night Football tonight, and gave his opinion as to why and how Chelsea are succeeding under Conte.

And for Lamps, the system is key.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard critical of Man United’s Paul Pogba on MNF (Video)

Man United's Paul Pogba

Pogba settling in

After a tough first few months following his spectacular summer move from Juventus, we’re finally starting to see the real Paul Pogba.

There’s been lots of hype and white noise around Pogba; indeed, he didn’t choose the most auspicious of times to introduce his emoji to the world.

The Frenchman is a one-man social media mogul, and has taken over Twitter with his viral videos and hairstyles, and all of this off-the-field stuff has at times appeared to distract him on the pitch.

That being said, he has looked increasingly focused of late, and the real Pogba is finally starting to come to the fore at Old Trafford.

But despite the much improved performances from Pogba, he hasn’t quite been able to get the goals his performances have merited.

Lamps wants more goals from Pogba

Pogba has just 4 league goals to his name from 25 games; a paltry return for a player of his shooting ability (although he has been unlucky with the crossbar).

And that’s the area where Frank Lampard believes Pogba needs to improve the most.

Speaking as a pundit on Monday Night Football this evening, Lamps admitted he was underwhelmed by Pogba’s impact so far.

John Terry & Frank Lampard were hilarious on Play to the Whistle (Videos)

John Terry & Frank Lampard

John Terry & Frank Lampard

Chelsea legends John Terry and Frank Lampard appeared on Play to the Whistle on Tuesday night, and the two Blues icons were hilarious.

During their time on the show, the football stars were drawn into a discussion about shaving their nether regions.

The stare off

The highlight of the show, however, was a stare off between the former Chelsea team mates.

With comical music playing in the background, Lampard and Terry tried their best not to laugh doing the contest.

Enjoy the stare off below.

Frank Lampard & Demba Ba visit Chelsea dressing room after Swansea win (Video)

Frank Lampard’s Farewell

Frank Lampard finally got the chance to say goodbye to the Chelsea fans yesterday, as he strode onto the pitch at half-time of the Swansea game.

Despite being Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, Lamps had never gotten the chance to say goodbye to the fans when he left the club, so yesterday righted that wrong.

Lamps and Ba visit dressing room

And after the game, Lamps came down and visited the dressing room along with fellow former teammate Demba Ba.

The pair were given a royal greeting by their ex-teammates, who were delighted to see them.

Frank Lampard’s terrific HT speech during Chelsea v Swansea (Video)

Frank Lampard's terrific HT speech during Chelsea v Swansea

Frank Lampard & Chelsea

There was a special moment at Stamford Bridge on Saturday during Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Swansea.

During the halftime break, the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, Frank Lampard, stepped out onto the pitch.

Lampard, 38, recently announced his retirement from the game, while he left Chelsea in 2014 before having stints at Man City and New York City FC.

Time to say goodbye

When Lampard left the Bridge in 2014, he never got to say goodbye to the fans.

The club icon finally got that opportunity during the Swansea game, and he delivered a terrific short speech.

Enjoy the video below.

Chelsea legends announce plans to jointly manage the team (Audio)

John Terry & Frank Lampard

John Terry on Frank Lampard

John Terry spoke on BBC radio on Sunday, and the defender was drawn into discussing just how important Frank Lampard has been for the Blues.

Lampard retired from football last week aged 38.

Terry could barely have spoken more highly of Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer. The defender believed that Chelsea wouldn’t have been as successful as they have in the last decade had Lampard no been at the club.

Future Chelsea managers?

Terry also revealed that he and Lampard have discussed becoming future joint managers of Chelsea.

JT called the plans “a dream”.

Listen to the chat below.

Throwback to Harry Redknapp’s amazing prediction about 18-year-old Frank Lampard (Video)

Lampard retires

Frank Lampard announced his retirement today, at the ripe old age of 38.

The Chelsea legend and record goalscorer had spent the past couple of seasons in MLS with New York City, and has now confirmed that he’s hanging up his boot, after a glittering 20-year career.

‘Arry was right

Lamps went on to win everything in the club game, but he wasn’t without his doubters when he first broke into the West Ham team as a fresh-faced 18-year-old.

Given that Harry Redknapp is his uncle, there were accusations of nepotism and favourtism aimed at the Hammers manager for prematurely introducing his nephew into the team.

Things got a bit tense at a public meeting with West Ham fans, as one fan told ‘Arry that Frank wasn’t good enough to be in the team.

‘Arry stood by his nephew, with an emphatic statement that he would go ‘right to the top.’

Never a truer word spoken.

Swansea tried to sign Frank Lampard prior to his retirement

Frank Lampard and John Terry

Clement looked to legend

Paul Clement has revealed that he looked to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard to bolster his midfield options but the midfielder announced his retirement today.

The Swansea boss has won two of their last Premier League fixtures and has now seen an upturn in form.

The Swans looked favourites to be relegated following their extremely poor start to the season, but Clement has improved their form.

Frank Lampard would have significantly boosted the Welsh club following their wins over Liverpool and Southampton, but the player announced his retirement this morning.

The midfielder scored over 300 career goals in an incredibly successful career.

Happy retirement, Frank Lampard! 👏

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Swans hit survival form

The Welsh club are now beginning to hit the kind of form that will keep them in the Premier League.

Impressive wins over both Liverpool and Southampton have given the club and it’s fans renewed hope that survival is possible.

Due to the new found form of Swansea and other relegation threatened clubs, both Leicester and Middlesbrough have been dragged into the dog fight.

John Terry’s incredible tribute to Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard and John Terry

“If I could choose one person next to me in the trenches”

As you might well expect, John Terry has posted an incredible tribute to Frank Lampard on Instagram.

After a 21-year professional career, Lampard announced his retirement from professional football on Thursday.

The tributes have been flowing in for Lampard from a host of team mates and opponents, whilst the Chelsea video was a classy affair.

John Terry’s tribute on Instagram was by far the most impressive and nearly as long as Lampard’s own statement.

Terry names Lampard as “The GREATEST player in the history of our great football club”.

And, perhaps his greatest homage is that “A gentleman both on and off the pitch, leader in the dressing room and if I could choose one person next to me in the trenches it would be you.”

The full John Terry Frank Lampard tribute

@franklampard has today announced his retirement from football.

The GREATEST player in the history of our great football club @chelseafc

It was an absolute pleasure playing with you mate and seeing first hand the dedication and hard work you put in, on and off the pitch, the best trainer by a million miles every single day, inspiring me and everyone at the club.

I miss you next to me in the dressing room and miss you grabbing a bag of balls after training when everyone went inside. You stayed out working on your finishing, 20 goals a year wasn’t good enough for you, every year you wanted 25,30 goals I love that about you I will miss you getting 4 cones and doing sprints after training setting the example for the kids in the academy.

All the great memories together winning trophy after trophy year after year I will never forget you have won everything and should be extremely proud. It’s been my pleasure and honour to play and experience all those great moments with you.

648 appearances ( we nearly caught Peter Bonetti and Ron Harris )

211 goals unbelievable achievement

A gentleman both on and off the pitch, leader in the dressing room and if I could choose one person next to me in the trenches it would be you.

A great dad to your two beautiful girls and I’m proud to call you my mate Good Luck for the future, whatever you choose to do will be a huge success

Love Ya Lampsy

LEGEND HERO INSPIRATION + THE BEST EVER

@franklampard has today announced his retirement from football. The GREATEST player in the history of our great football club @chelseafc It was an absolute pleasure playing with you mate and seeing first hand the dedication and hard work you put in, on and off the pitch, the best trainer by a million miles every single day, inspiring me and everyone at the club. I miss you next to me in the dressing room and miss you grabbing a bag of balls after training when everyone went inside. You stayed out working on your finishing, 20 goals a year wasn't good enough for you, every year you wanted 25,30 goals I love that about you I will miss you getting 4 cones and doing sprints after training setting the example for the kids in the academy. All the great memories together winning trophy after trophy year after year I will never forget you have won everything and should be extremely proud. It's been my pleasure and honour to play and experience all those great moments with you. 648 appearances ( we nearly caught Peter Bonetti and Ron Harris ) 211 goals unbelievable achievement A gentleman both on and off the pitch, leader in the dressing room and if I could choose one person next to me in the trenches it would be you. A great dad to your two beautiful girls and I'm proud to call you my mate Good Luck for the future, whatever you choose to do will be a huge success Love Ya Lampsy LEGEND HERO INSPIRATION + THE BEST EVER

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Chelsea’s quality video tribute to Frank Lampard

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard announces retirement

Frank Lampard retires

On Thursday, Frank Lampard announced his retirement from football after 21 years in the game.

Whilst Lampard paid tribute to many of his former clubs, he reserved special praise for Chelsea where he undoubtedly became a legend and enjoyed the most successful years of his career.

On Thursday, Chelsea were forced to put together another video montage together for a legendary player, after the departure of Branislav Ivanovic.

The Chelsea tribute to Frank Lampard featured him lifting the Champions League trophy and also shows some famous goals from the former Blues star.

#SuperFrank

Including scoring against Manchester United in Moscow, and the famous chip in the Nou Camp at Barcelona.

After the famous goals, we get to see Lampard lifting a slew of trophies for Chelsea.

And, the final goal is at Bolton, when Lampard won his first Premier League title with Chelsea.

Some other Frank Lampard tributes

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard announces retirement with lengthy statement

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard announces retirement

Frank Lampard retires

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has announced he is to retire with immediate effect after a 21-year playing spell in the game.

Lampard is synonymous with Chelsea, the club he joined from West Ham as a youngster.

The England midfielder won everything with Chelsea but it was the Champions League final in 2012 where he took legendary status at the club with a captain’s display in the absence of John Terry.

Frank Lampard: Chelsea legend

After Chelsea, Lampard memorably appeared for Manchester City before heading to the MLS with New York City FC.

Lampard’s last club was New York City FC where he was initially labelled the “worst signing ever in the MLS” but quickly established himself as a goal scorer supreme in the final months of his stay in the MLS.

On his farewell statement, Lampard confirms he has received a number of “exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life.”

Chelsea fans may well tear up reading Lampard’s statement below. He certainly has a lot of affection for the Blues where he spent the majority of his career.

Frank Lampard’s Instagram statement on retirement

After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer. Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life. I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals. I have many people to thank. I thank my parents for instilling in me the values of hard work, dedication and professionalism, values which I have carried with me in everything that I do. I am forever grateful for the support of my family, my wife Christine and my two daughters Luna and Isla. What you have given me off the pitch has always been my strength on it. I love you all very much. Also, my friends and my own team that have always been there for me. I would like to thank the amazing team-mates, coaches, managers and backroom staff that I was privileged to work with. I’d also like to pay tribute to the clubs that I have represented. Firstly, West Ham United who gave me my debut in 1996. Thanks to the people there that believed in me at that young age. More recently Manchester City and NYCFC. I greatly enjoyed my last playing years at these two clubs and really appreciate the support I received from City Football Group and both clubs’ fans. Of course, the largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories. I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together. It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there. All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone. Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support. Their passion and hunger drove me on personally to give my best year after year. I couldn’t have done it without them. Looking forward, I’m grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.

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The full Frank Lampard statement

After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer. Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life. I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals.

I have many people to thank. I thank my parents for instilling in me the values of hard work, dedication and professionalism, values which I have carried with me in everything that I do. I am forever grateful for the support of my family, my wife Christine and my two daughters Luna and Isla. What you have given me off the pitch has always been my strength on it. I love you all very much. Also, my friends and my own team that have always been there for me. I would like to thank the amazing team-mates, coaches, managers and backroom staff that I was privileged to work with. I’d also like to pay tribute to the clubs that I have represented. Firstly, West Ham United who gave me my debut in 1996. Thanks to the people there that believed in me at that young age. More recently Manchester City and NYCFC. I greatly enjoyed my last playing years at these two clubs and really appreciate the support I received from City Football Group and both clubs’ fans.

Of course, the largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories. I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together. It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there. All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone. Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support. Their passion and hunger drove me on personally to give my best year after year. I couldn’t have done it without them.

Looking forward, I’m grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.

Terry and Lampard set to be offered roles away from Chelsea [Telegraph]

Coaching roles

Ryan Giggs might be the name on everyone’s lips for the Swansea job, but Harry Redknapp has also thrown his hat in the ring for the role.

The Telegraph claim that not only is Harry Redknapp keen on the job, but that he also would like to take both John Terry and Frank Lampard with him to help out.

Terry would be bought in as a player, who would also help with the coaching, and would certainly be an upgrade on what Swansea currently have at the back, with Lampard most likely used as a coach.

Chelsea managers one day

The duo have both accepted they are coming to the end of their playing career, and while Lampard has already left Chelsea, Terry is yet to.

The defender has however realised that should he wish to carry on playing, it will not be with the Blues – and he may well decide to move somewhere else before hanging up his boots.

Both Terry and Lampard have said they’d like to go into management – with the Chelsea top job their dream role.

Sergio Aguero ‘just didn’t care’ about fines for being late says Frank Lampard

‘Just didn’t care’

According to former teammate Frank Lampard, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero “just didn’t care” about fines for showing up late to training.

Lampard, who spent the 2014-15 season at Man City after leaving Chelsea, revealed to Sky Sports that Aguero would often turn up without caring about the consequences.

‘OK, no problem’

Asked who was fined most often, Lampard said: “At Chelsea I can’t remember but I will jump to Manchester City.

“Aguero picked up a fair few. He just didn’t care. He was so laid back and would just stroll out to the training pitch like five minutes late.

“[The coaches would say] ‘right you’re fined’ and he would say ‘OK, no problem. Wait until the weekend and I’ll score a hat trick and everyone will be happy.'”

Aguero will serve the fourth and final match of his suspension on Boxing Day after his horror challenge on David Luiz earlier this month.

Man City take on Hull at the KCOM Stadium in the last of the Boxing Day fixtures.

Chelsea legends Frank Lampard & John Terry try their luck hitting a small target (Video)

Frank Lampard & John Terry

Frank Lampard & John Terry

Chelsea legends Frank Lampard and John Terry were on Soccer AM over the weekend, and the old-timers tried to show they still have it.

The Blues duo were put through their paces as they tried to hit a tricky target.

Lampard and Terry had to try to ai football into small targets in the top corner of a goal.

So how did they get on?

While you might have expected the Chelsea heroes would find the drill rather simple, that’s not how things went down.

Enjoy the video below.

Frank Lampard talks Chelsea comeback in a playing role (Video)

Frank Lampard & Chelsea

Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard was on Sky Sports on Saturday, and the Blues hero gave his biggest indication yet that he’d be open to restarting his playing career at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard is now a free agent have completed his time in America with the New York City FC.

He’s already returned to Chelsea to watch matches, and he’s confirmed he’ll definitely be rejoining the club in some capacity.

Playing again

38-year-old Lampard make the following comments:

Whatever happens, in some capacity I will be at Chelsea. 

Whether I’ll have the role (as a player), it’s not all in my hands so I can’t go any further on that.

Obviously Chelsea, I’d love that, but it doesn’t work that way always.

I feel fit, I’m fresh in the mind.

Watch the video below.

Chelsea legends John Terry and Frank Lampard play Soccer AM’s Top Bins for charity (Video)

Chelsea legends
Chelsea legends

Top bins

Chelsea legends John terry and Frank Lampard were guests on Soccer AM. The pair played a game of Top Bins where they had to answer questions before shooting into the top corner – all in the name of charity.

They answered seven questions right, earning their charity of choice £175.

He might be Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, but Lampard left his shooting boots at home today.

The duo were playing in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

“I will be at Chelsea”

Last month, the former England midfielder announced he would be leaving MLS side New York City FC when his contract expired.

Speaking on Soccer AM, Lampard joked that he still hadn’t received a call from Chelsea over a possible return.

“Whatever happens, in some capacity, I will be at Chelsea, whatever the role…” he added.

Check out the video of Lampard and Terry below

Chelsea legend makes bold claim over who will win Premier League

Once a Blue

Always a blue, or so it seems in the case of Frank Lampard.

The former Chelsea midfielder has gushed about his former side and their possible chances of winning a Premier League title – and in fairness, given the form of the club at the minute, it’s hard to blame him.

Lampard is back in London at the minute, having left New York, and is currently pondering his future – but his thirst for football and love for his former club was clear to see.

He spoke to Sky Sports, and said:  “Nobody would have fancied them to be anywhere near winning the League at that point and now they look the dominant team. 

“I don’t like to tempt fate but I can’t see anyone with the consistency to close the gap, so I fancy Chelsea.”

Only getting better

Since Chelsea boss Antonio Conte changed Chelsea’s system, it’s clear to see the Blues have improved massively, and players like David Luiz and Victor Moses have now become key for the side – something few fans or pundits would have bet on at the start of the season.

Conte is again looking to strengthen his side this January, and given how well the squad have done so far, Lampard might be right – and the league leaders may well be on their way to becoming champions.

Blues legend Frank Lampard blasts Liverpool & Man City’s title chances (Video)

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard

Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard was at the darts on Monday night, and the Sky Sports team got to have a quick word with the retired footballer.

Now that he’s hung up his boots, Lampard is perhaps a little freer to express his opinions on the Premier League.

Still a staunch Chelsea fan, Lampard has expressed his belief that Antonio Conte’s side will win the EPL this season.

What about Liverpool & Man City?

While Lampard believes that Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal are still all in hunt for the title – note, he failed to mention Spurs or Man United – he believes the gap may already be too big.

Watch the Frank Lampard interview below.

Frank Lampard catches up with former teammates at Chelsea visit (Video)

Lampard watched Chelsea's 1-0 win over WBA with Joe Cole
Lampard watched Chelsea’s 1-0 win over WBA with Joe Cole

Returning home

Club legend Frank Lampard ‘returned home’ to Chelsea on Saturday.

The New York City FC midfielder was at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea beat West Brom 1-0 and move back to the top of the Premier League table.

Lampard sat with former Chelsea, England and West ham teammate Joe Cole during the match, while Andre Pirlo was also in attendance.

Reunion

Lampard went into the dressing room before the match to see some old friends.

Lampard and his wife, Christine, greeted John Obi Mikel before the midfielder caught up with the likes of David Luiz and Eden Hazard.

It was great to see @franklampard back home at Stamford Bridge yesterday! #CFC #Chelsea #SuperFrank

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Frank Lampard comes ‘home’ to Chelsea

King of the Bridge
King of the Bridge

Welcome home

Frank Lampard returned ‘home’ to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, watching his beloved Chelsea win 1-0 against West Brom.

The 38-year-old was accompanied by his wife Christine Bleakley as the Blues climbed back to the top of the Premier League table.

Lampard recently confirmed he would be leaving Man City affiliate club New York City FC and is set to become a free agent when his contract expires.

Also in attendance were NYCFC teammate Andrea Pirlo and former Chelsea, West Ham and England teammate Joe Cole.

Lampard was joined by former teammate Joe Cole
Lampard was joined by former teammate Joe Cole
Andrea Pirlo was in Roman's box
Andrea Pirlo was in Roman’s box

Hard fought win

Diego Costa’s 12th Premier League goal of the season won the match for Antonio Conte’s men.

The victory was the ninth on the spin for the Blues.