Frank Lampard heaps praise on Roman Abramovich for his impact on the club ahead of his 1000th game as Chelsea owner… and the Blues boss urges his players to mark the occasion by beating Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham
- Frank Lampard is the 12th Chelsea manager of Roman Abramovich’s reign
- Lampard says all recent success is down to Abramovich’s help and support
- His side take on Tottenham in a crunch title clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday
- Spurs are led by Jose Mourinho, who won the first trophies of Abramovich era
Lampard was a player when Abramovich took over from Ken Bates in 2003, transforming the club into first Premier League champions and then European champions in 2012.
He knows his job is keep delivering the trophies and promised to do his utmost ahead of the landmark fixture against Tottenham, managed by Jose Mourinho, the man who delivered the first silverware for the Chelsea owner, more than 15 years ago.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard praised owner Roman Abramovich ahead of his 1000th game
Lampard became the 12th manager or head coach since the Russian (R) took charge of the club
‘As a manager and a player who was involved in a lot of those games I can give him nothing but a huge thank you,’ said Lampard, who returned last year as head coach.
‘Nothing we have achieved in the Roman Abramovich era could have been achieved without him or his support.
‘Firstly, a financial input but also the development of the training ground and also the love and time put into the academy. And the trophies we have been able to win have been made possible because of him.
Lampard said the players hope to mark the occasion by beating rivals Tottenham on Sunday
Tottenham, managed by Lampard’s former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, are top of the table
‘We are thankful and our end of the bargain is to remain successful on the pitch.
‘The special message from us will be to go out and win the game. That will be the best message back to Roman for a very special landmark.’
Lampard is the 12th manager or head coach of Chelsea’s 17 years under Abramovich.