Monday, September 16, 2019

Frank Lampard: I will be proud to manage in the Champions League for the first time

Ahead of the next landmark in his fledgling career as a manager, his first time in charge for a Champions Leaguematch, the full range of memories have come flooding back for Frank Lampard.
The Miracle in Munich will top the lengthy list of good ones, the May night in 2012 when Lampard captained Chelsea as they won club football’s biggest trophy for the first time.
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Among the bad memories will be that miserable 2008 night when Chelsea’s Champions League dream was washed away in the Moscow rain and they suffered the pain of defeat in a penalty shootout to Manchester United after a titanic 120-minute tussle.

Ahead of Tuesday's opening game in Group H against Valenica at Stamford Bridge, Lampard has been reminded of what he says was ‘without doubt’ the most emotional occasion of his career.
In April 2008, Lampard showed huge courage just to play in Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, and then step up and score the extra-time penalty that helped send them into the all-Premier League final.
Because that night, Lampard was making his first appearance since the death the previous week of his beloved mum, Pat.
His goal was followed by powerful and moving celebrations, on the pitch and in the stands, as his team-mates rallied round him in support.
Understandably, Lampard appeared visibly moved as he recalled the occasion yesterday. ‘A very emotional night on a personal level,’ he said. ‘I didn’t need an extra bond with the Chelsea fans and the club, but what happened on that night and with the fans in the stadium, on such a huge game for the club, it is something that kicked everything on about how I feel about this club.

‘That is maybe the magic of the Champions League.
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‘IAhead of the next landmark in his fledgling career as a manager, his first time in charge for a Champions Leaguematch, the full range of memories have come flooding back for Frank Lampard.
The Miracle in Munich will top the lengthy list of good ones, the May night in 2012 when Lampard captained Chelsea as they won club football’s biggest trophy for the first time.
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Among the bad memories will be that miserable 2008 night when Chelsea’s Champions League dream was washed away in the Moscow rain and they suffered the pain of defeat in a penalty shootout to Manchester United after a titanic 120-minute tussle.

Ahead of Tuesday's opening game in Group H against Valenica at Stamford Bridge, Lampard has been reminded of what he says was ‘without doubt’ the most emotional occasion of his career.
In April 2008, Lampard showed huge courage just to play in Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, and then step up and score the extra-time penalty that helped send them into the all-Premier League final.
Because that night, Lampard was making his first appearance since the death the previous week of his beloved mum, Pat.
His goal was followed by powerful and moving celebrations, on the pitch and in the stands, as his team-mates rallied round him in support.
Understandably, Lampard appeared visibly moved as he recalled the occasion yesterday. ‘A very emotional night on a personal level,’ he said. ‘I didn’t need an extra bond with the Chelsea fans and the club, but what happened on that night and with the fans in the stadium, on such a huge game for the club, it is something that kicked everything on about how I feel about this club.

‘That is maybe the magic of the Champions League.
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‘I will be proud to manage in the Champions League for the first time. I had multiple incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones, but it is the ultimate in club football for me.
‘There is something about nights at Stamford Bridge, something about the Champions League music and I want to experience it on this side of the fence. will be proud to manage in the Champions League for the first time. I had multiple incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones, but it is the ultimate in club football for me.
‘There is something about nights at Stamford Bridge, something about the Champions League music and I want to experience it on this side of the fence.

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