After announcing his retirement from football last week Chelsea legend Frank Lampard revealed the only time he was in awe during his career:
“Facing Barcelona at the Nou Camp and going up against Xavi and Iniesta.
“Obviously Messi is the best player in the world, but in midfield you’re playing against those two on a massive pitch”.
Lampard faced Barcelona in 10 games with the Blues during his long spell at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea winning three ties and the Spanish side two:
“That was the only “in awe” moment for me, the only team I went into the game thinking, “Oh god, here we go.
“I didn’t feel like that when we played them at the Bridge because I always believed we could get to them – it’s tighter, we got closer to them, stopped them playing. But at their place they opened up and they were brilliant. We actually had a half-decent record against them, even at the Nou Camp – we never got completely smashed.”