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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.”

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Chelsea legend John Terry believes that Frank Lampard inspired him and everyone at the club during his experience with the Blues.

The 38-year-old midfielder has today announced his retirement from football, after spending 13 years at Stamford Bridge alongside Terry himself.

The English defender posted this picture on Instagram:

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Frank Lampard announced his retirement from football on Instagram today.

The 38-year-old wanted to share his feelings and admitted he’ll be forever grateful to Chelsea: “The largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories”.

“I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together”.

“It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there”.

Then Lampard added: “All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone”.

“Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support”.

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Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football this morning.

The 38-year-old star wrote on his Instagram account: “After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer”.

“Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life”.


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LOUIS VAN GAAL MANCHESTER UNITED

Ex Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona manager Louis van Gaal announced his retirement from football after rejecting a four-year-deal with a Chinese Super League side that was offering him £44m for four seasons.

The Dutchman, 65, wants to be close with his family, that is going through a tough moment after one of his daughters lost her husband in the past month, a fact that has weighed heavily on his decision:

“I could go there, but I’m still here: so much has happened in my family,” the ex Red Devils boss claimed.

He said after leaving United that he was interested in coaching again, but that door now seems to have closed.

“I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching,” he said.

Van Gaal started his managerial career in 1991, and besides Manchester United in the past two seasons he was in charge also at Ajax, Barcelona and AZ Alkmaar but was also Netherlands national team coach in two occasions: from 2000 to 2002 and from 2012 to 2014.

Van Gaal won 3 Dutch titles, 1 Champions League and 1 Intercontinental Cup with Ajax -1 Dutch title with AZ,  1 Spanish league, 1 Spanish Cup and UEFA Super Cup with Barcelona – 1 German league, 1 German Cup and 1 German Super Cup with Bayern Munich and 1 FA Cup with Manchester United.

He also brought Netherlands to a third place in World Cup 2014 and lost two Champions League finale, one of this against his ex “pupil” José Mourinho, who was his assistant for three years at Barcelona in the late 90’s, in 2009-2010 against Inter in Madrid.

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Former Chelsea defender Alex will soon retire from football due to a serious knee injury suffered recently.

The 34-year-old told Globoesporte: “I’m retiring, I made the decision with my family,”

“I would need to have surgery and then it would take nine months to come back. I just couldn’t put up with that pain.”

Brazilian star Alex joined Chelsea from Santos in 2004 spending three years on loan at PSV Eindhoven before coming back to Stamford Bridge in 2007.

 

He won With the Blues several titles: the Premier League, two FA Cups and the Champions League final in 2008.

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Guus Hiddink in the stands with Blues legend Didier Drogba during Sunderland game © Francesca Ceciarini

Didier Drogba dismissed the rumour that he would retire from football to join Guus Hiddink‘s coaching staff at Chelsea.

The Blues legend took his Twitter account to communicate that he is still trying to find a solution with MLS side Montreal Impact for his future.

The statement read:

Lovely to receive these messages but I have not yet announced my retirement & am still in discussion with about my future.

From the last part of the message we can understand that Drogba would like to leave the Canadian team to join Hiddink’s staff at Chelsea as a coach.

All Chelsea fans hope that Impact would set him free so he could help he team he loves in this delicate season.

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