David Luiz is backing Chelsea to rediscover their identity under recently appointed manager Frank Lampard.
The 41-year-old coach enjoyed an illustrious 13-year playing career at Stamford Bridge and succeeded Maurizio Sarri who left for Juventus after one year in charge.
Lampard returned from Derby County, where his managerial career began last summer. During his one year at Pride Park, he guided the Rams to the Championship playoff final but they couldn’t overcome Aston Villa, who claimed the final spot in the 2019/20 Premier League season.
Despite this setback, Lampard would get the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp as Chelsea’s 10th permanent manager since Roman Abramovich’s takeover in 2003. Of the previous nine, Lampard played under all but the last two: Antonio Conte and Sarri.
His return has been met with enthusiasm from supporters who feel, given their impending transfer ban, there’s no one better to bring through many of the club’s talented youngsters. This sentiment is also shared by Luiz, who played 107 games alongside Lampard.
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“It’s great to see him here,” he told reporters.
“He’s someone who knows what it means to be at Chelsea and understands the DNA of this club. We are working well so far, everyone is getting along and the sessions have been great.
“Lamps, or should I say ‘Gaffer’, is now our leader and he’s going to try to do everything he can like he did when he was a player, and now it’s up to us to help him build the spirit and the philosophy around the club to be successful.
“The club is so big and it’s great to work together, and I’m including the Academy and the Women’s team in that too. We are all Chelsea.”
Lampard the Blue: Five key things to know…
- Lampard joined Chelsea from boyhood club West Ham in 2001.
- He is the Blues’ all-time leading goalscorer having bagged 209 goals in all competitions.
- During that time, he won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, a Europa League title and the Champions League.
- Since hanging up his boots, he’s entered the world of management, following in the footsteps of his uncle, Harry Redknapp.
- Lampard guided Derby to the 2019 Championship playoff final before Abramovich made him Chelsea’s 10th permanent manager since his 2003 takeover.