Chelsea boss Frank Lampard brands John Terry in opposite dugout as ‘strange’

Chelsea saw off Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday as two old friends turned foes at Stamford Bridge.

Former midfielder Frank Lampard, who of course is now the boss at the Blues, welcomed friend and ex-skipper John Terry back to west London with Villa.

The Clarets’ assistant manager was back at the Bridge for the first time since leaving in 2017.

Terry, unsurprisingly, received a warm reception from the Chelsea fans as he took to the Villa dugout.

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He was greeted by Lampard and the two shared a hug.

And the Chelsea chief admitted it was “strange” to be facing off against his close friend and former team-mate.

“It was a bit strange,” Lampard said. “I’ve been there myself last year – it is difficult.

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"You are professional and want to to do your job but it is not easy.

“I’m glad John had his moment here and got his applause.

“John was very humble, didn't want to make a big deal about it, but he's a legend, the most decorated captain the club has ever had, and he deserved it.”

Terry also hugged several Chelsea players as they left the pitch at full-time.

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Reflecting on the result in general, Lampard said he was disappointed his men didn’t score more, but praised Villa’s tenacity and organisation to stifle their attack.

“I thought we were great today. I'm pleased because that was us again, we had a blip against West Ham and today we were back.

“Our character at half-time was important and we carried off where we left off. The disappointment of the day is we didn't score two or three.

“Villa are stubborn, have picked up results on the road and you can see why. They have good players and are well organised.”

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