I was pretty excited to see the BBC punditry line up announced for the Euros, because it featured two Chelsea legends Frank Lampard and Petr Cech.
Despite all that has happened at Chelsea in the last couple of seasons, I will always enjoy hearing Lampard talk about football, he is a very intelligent and balanced guy when it comes to the beautiful game.
It was his first game reporting on the Euros yesterday as England beat Croatia 1-0, and it was great to see him happy and talking about football again.
I just knew he would be asked about Chelsea and our Champions League success this season, and his response was absolutely class and exactly what I expected from such a humble and decent man.
Lampard reiterated that he is a ‘Chelsea person’ first so he was just pleased that we wont the competition, he also had praise for Thomas Tuchel.
As reported by The Daily Mirror, 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.”
“To see Mason and Reece James perform at that level, people like Mendy, Chilwell and Thiago, who came in during my time there, makes me pretty proud. But it was a great achievement by them and very well managed.”
“You never want to lose a job. I am pretty good company at Chelsea, it happens, it is the brutal reality of football at the highest level. With reflection, it has been nice to spend some time out of the game. I am pretty proud of 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 in year one to get into the Champions League and develop the younger players like Mason Mount. I am happy. You do not want to lose your job but it was a huge experience for me. I only want to look at it positively going forward.”