CHAIRMAN'S GUESTS SEAL VISIT WITH A WIN

The Ambassadors to the UK from both Japan and Hungary were guests of Chairman Bruce Buck at Sunday's game against Arsenal, and it proved a day to remember as they saw the Blues beat our London rivals 2-1.

Keiichi Hayashi, the Japanese Ambassador, is no stranger to Stamford Bridge as a former season ticket holder, a time he recalled fondly.

'This is my second posting in London and I have always lived in the Kensington and Chelsea borough, so this is my local club,' he explained.

'I used to be a season ticket holder during the 1990s when there were some fantastic players playing for the club such as Gianfranco Zola, and Gianluca Vialli was manager.

'I also went to Tokyo to watch the FIFA Club World Cup, which was a great experience, although I was disappointed Chelsea couldn't win the trophy.'

Janos Csak, the Hungarian Ambassador, meanwhile, was simply delighted to get his hands on the Champions League trophy, and paid tribute to the man whose goal proved decisive against Arsene Wenger's side.

'English football is among the best in the world, if not the best,' he said. 'Many ambassadors love the game and Chelsea are among the very best, so I love coming here.

'This is the second time I have been to Stamford Bridge and I am very happy to be here for such an important game. The atmosphere is always exciting.

'It is great to be here as a guest of the Chairman and it is even better to be able to pose with the Champions League trophy.

'I think [Frank] Lampard is an excellent player in the way he has served the team. He has contributed a lot to the club, as well as to the English national team.'