There will never be another player for Chelsea quite like Frank Lampard. One of the most beloved figures in London, the sensational midfielder has now moved on to the next chapter of his life, which has him as the manager of his Blues.
It was one thing to watch Lampard as a player, consistently causing nightmares for opposing defenders in the English Premier League, but now fans are able to see his brilliant soccer mind go to work from the sidelines leading this talented Chelsea squad.
Lampard’s accomplishments as a soccer star and coach are truly countless, but when you mention the 42-year-old legend, you of course must bring up what he was able to get done with Chelsea from 2001-2014.
Lampard’s unforgettable playing career with Chelsea
From the moment Lampard arrived at Chelsea in 2001, he was ready to make a big-time impact on the team. After it was all said and done, he finished with 211 goals for the Blues, No. 1 in team history. Over the double-digit years he was with the club, Lampard also went on to win 13 trophies. This of course includes his three Premier League titles.
He wasn’t done there, though. Lampard added an Europa League title, four FA Cups, two football league cups, two Community Shields and of course his Champions League triumph with the team in 2012. This came three years after the Blues suffered their heartbreaking loss to Manchester United in the 2009 final on penalty kicks.
In that 2012 Champions League win, Lampard served as the team’s captain due to John Terry being suspended for the match. The Blues won that battle after a heartstopping penalty shootout against Bayern Munich.
In total, Lampard appeared in 648 total games for the Blues, the fourth-most of any player in Chelsea’s history behind Ron Harris, Peter Bonetti and John Terry. He was club captain for 83 of those games.
The Chelsea legend is now ready to make more history as a manager
Due to his incredible football knowledge and passion for the game, the transition from player to manager for Lampard was an easy one. He got his start in 2018 with Derby County, and then Chelsea jumped at the chance to bring him in to lead things in the summer of 2019.
In his first full season as Chelsea manager, Lampard has Chelsea in the semifinals of the FA Cup, in the Round of 16 in the Champions League and, as of this writing, in fourth place of the Premier League standings. Chelsea has also made plenty of moves to improve the 2020-2021 roster, including the additions of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
The excitement surrounding Chelsea is the highest it has been in years, and with Lampard powering the boys at Stamford Bridge, the future is bright for this team in getting back to its elite form.
Frank Lampard has already beaten:— Jake Heasman (@jakeheasman) June 25, 2020
• Pep Guardiola
• Jose Mourinho
• Jurgen Klopp
• Carlo Ancelotti
Frank Lampard is in his first season as a Premier League manager. pic.twitter.com/VenWlspM3C