Interim Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has expressed his great confidence in Frank Lampard’s ability to lead Chelsea to a historic Champions League triumph against German giants Bayern in Munich this evening.
Lampard will be supervising on the field in tonight’s final at the Allianz Arena in the absence of suspended skipper John Terry. Although there have been concerns that Terry’s absence can prove costly in the biggest game of the Blues’ season, Di Matteo is convinced that Lamps will do justice to the role assigned to him.
“Frank has been amazing. He has risen to the occasion when we needed him. In the Nou Camp he was outstanding, he led the group, and he is a natural leader,” Di Matteo told the club’s official website about the strong reputation of Lampard’s leadership after the semifinal second leg draw away to Barcelona.
The Italian added: “You might not always look at him like that but when you need him the man is there, he is a proper man.”
Lampard, who has made it obvious in recent days that this rollercoaster Champions League journey holds an immense significance in his career, has vowed to maintain his composure.
Despite the pressure to win a highly deserved first Champions League winner’s medal, the England international has stated that he will not have any regrets in the unfortunate case that his side falls short and is secure enough to take pride in everything that he has already accomplished in a terrific career.
“Even if we don’t win it, I’d have no regrets looking back. I’m very pleased and proud of the career I’ve had here,” the 33-year old concluded.