Everyone suspected Frank Lampard would one day return to Chelsea as manager, but few thought it would come as soon as it did.
But the transfer ban, and the sudden departure of Maurizio Sarri, meant that the former player got the chance sooner than expected, and little over a year ago he was managing his first games as Blues boss.
He’s been speaking on the Chelsea official website about his memories of his first season at the club, and one game seemed to stick in his mind in particular:
“I really enjoyed my first year in charge and I think that first home game against Leicester is something that really sticks out for me,” Frank explained.
“I will always remember the reception of the fans, when I walked out at Stamford Bridge for the first time as Chelsea manager. It was really humbling for me, having been away and then coming back in a different capacity.”
We remember it well too. The whole thing was quite surreal – we couldn’t believe we were seeing one of our heroes in the dugout, with players like Mason Mount – who scored that day – being given a chance out on the pitch.
We can’t wait to be back in the stadium to have that experience all over again. It’s been so long since we were there with the Bridge rocking, it’s going to feel like the first time all over again.