Former Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has share his mind about his former side winning the UEFA Champions league trophy.
Lampard revealed watching Chelsea win the Champions League was bittersweet as he opened up on his big regrets from his Stamford Bridge exit.
Recall the former Blues boss was sacked in January following a stuttering performance into the season and was immediately replaced with Thomas Tuchel taking his place in the dugout as Chelsea would go on to become European Champions and secure a top-four finish.
While on BBC One as a pundit for England’s Euro 2020 opener against Croatia, Lampard opened up on his departure and what it was like to watch Tuchel deliver the Champions League.
And he reveals that it was difficult in one sense given that he wasn’t able to finish what he started, but felt immensely proud that he was able to lay the foundations for the club’s success.
Frank Lampard said, “yeah when you work towards something you want to be there, you want to be the manager and I’m never going to try and lay claim on that. I was part of the early foundation potentially but Thomas did a fantastic job getting them there.
“I will say when I watched it, first I’m a Chelsea person, Chelsea fans are happy and the club deserves.
“But secondly to see Mason and Reece perform at that level, people like Mendy, Thiago and Chilwell, who came in in my time makes me pretty proud. But again that’s a great achievement by them and well managed.”
“Well obviously you never want to lose a job, I’m in pretty good company at Chelsea. It happens. It’s the brutal reality of football at the top level.
“With reflection, I’ve had a few months out now, it’s been nice to spend some time out of the game. I’m pretty proud at the job I did, it was an honour to manage the club.
“I came in at a tough time with the ban and the loss of Eden Hazard and worked really hard to get into the Champions League and Mason [Mount], developing the younger players was a huge deal to me.
“I’m happy. You don’t want to lose your job but it’s a huge experience for me.”
Asked if he had any regrets or done things differently, he said: “I think I could probably sit down and talk to you about a lot of things. That’s a manager’s job. There will be a lot of things you could do differently.
“But as I say very proud of year one. Year two there were expectations, maybe different complications. Every team had problems this year.
“We had a problem in January and I left my job. I can’t go back and keep reflecting on those things in a negative way. I can only look positively going forward.”
Lampard hopes to return to management role soon but he refused to let anyone into it right but claimed it would happen at the right time.