Lampard looks back in Tokyo
news Thu 9 Nov 2017
Frank Lampard has been reliving some of his finest moments in a Chelsea shirt while representing the club on our Premier League trophy tour in Asia.
The club’s all-time highest scorer is currently in Japan with Yokohama, our principal partner, where he has been participating in Chelsea Foundation coaching sessions and showing off the Premier League trophy to our passionate fanbase in Tokyo.
Lampard also thrilled - and shocked - supporters by creeping up behind them and photo-bombing their pictures with the trophy [video below], with the unsuspecting fans well and truly gobsmacked as they turned around to see their hero, before appearing on stage to answer questions which were submitted by members of an excitable audience.
During the 20-minute session, Lampard thrilled the crowd by selecting some of the highlights from his trophy-laden 13-year Blues career, including the best players he worked alongside and his favourite goal from the 211 which hit the back of the net.
‘I find it very difficult to give one answer as I played with so many, but I’ll give you two,’ Lampard answered, when asked to pick out his most talented team-mates.
‘One is John Terry, who was the captain, so not only a great player but he led the club and was a strength in the dressing room.
‘The second is Didier Drogba because he always performed in the big games and the finals, and without him we wouldn’t have won the Champions League. He was incredible that night so those two, out of many great players, are the greatest.
‘My favourite goal was in 2005 when we won the league for the first time against Bolton. I scored two, but I’ll say the second one because that was the day which confirmed we would be champions.
‘Technically, as in for the best style, I scored one against Bayern Munich which was also in 2005. That was the best technical goal, but in terms of what it meant for the club and the fans, the two goals against Bolton were my favourites.’
When it came to selecting the moment, above all others, which stands out from his time as a Chelsea player, Lampard responded quickly and emphatically.
‘I had many great moments but the clear winner, my favourite moment, is winning the Champions League,’ he told a cheering crowd.
‘The group of players we had for 10 years – Didier Drogba, John Terry, Petr Cech and Ashley Cole – really wanted to win the Champions League and on that night in Munich, even though the game was very tough and stressful, the celebrations afterwards, on the pitch with the fans, were the best moments of my career.’
Lampard and Terry were pivotal figures during the most successful period in the club’s history, and he explained how they helped create a winning mentality within the dressing room.
‘The great thing about John, and probably the partnership myself and John had, was that every new signing we had coming into the club, as soon as they arrived, John first, and myself as vice-captain, would always make sure they understood the culture and mentality, and the fact that at Chelsea you had to be winners.
‘We made the dressing room very strong and John was at the front of that. John’s influence wasn’t just as a great player, but influencing everybody at the club.’
Having travelled to Japan with Chelsea to compete in the 2012 World Club Cup, Lampard recalled the amazing support the team received during the tournament.
'We didn’t win unfortunately, but I have good memories of staying here and every time we pulled up to the hotel we couldn’t move because we had so much support around the hotel,' he remembered.
'For all of the players at Chelsea, we appreciated the support we had in Japan and we could see it in 2012 and it’s an honour for me to be back here and see such support again.'