Most of Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge were waiting for tonight’s clash more to welcome back Blues legend Frank Lampard than for the game itself against Derby County, who Chelsea all time top-scorer has been coaching since the start of this season.
Nobody had doubts that the former midfielder would have got a rapturous reception from his ex supporters ahead of the match and even got a standing ovation from the fans of both sides at the end of the game, as shown in the video below:
Lampard, besides being Chelsea all-time top scorer having netted 211 goals in 648 appearances for the club, also won 13 trophies while playing for the Blues, including the Champions League and three Premier League titles.
Chelsea loanees Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount, who were granted permission by their parent club to play, started the game but the defender was one of the two Rams players who scored an own goal in the first half.
Before the game Lampard claimed:
“I realise how important Chelsea were in my life and what I owe for that in terms of thanks.
“I’ll be proud and honoured to be taking my team to a club that was my home for 13 years and still feels like home.
“I’ve got great affiliation with Derby already, I’m working hard to do something good here and I love it, but I can’t forget 13 years of my career.
“I was lucky to be part of a strong era, the infrastructure that was laid by Roman Abramovich, it’ll be special to be back there and feel that atmosphere again.”