Chelsea face a tough test at Stamford Bridge against top-four rivals Manchester United on Monday night.
It’s been a difficult season for the Blues, with manager Frank Lampard hamstrung by the inability to bring in new players during the summer transfer window.
But Lampard’s utilisation of the young stars coming through from the Chelsea academy has been a big success so far, with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Mason Mount all making a big impact this year.
Lampard moved to Stamford Bridge as a player in 2001 from rivals West Ham, and went on to become a Chelsea icon, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a Europa League and the Champions League.
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And since rejoining the club this year as manager, the fans have taken to him once again.
And so the fans have unveiled a new banner in the East Stand at Stamford Bridge – directly behind the dugouts.
Frank Lampard’s new banner at the East Stand (photo by Oliver Harbord)
It features a picture of Lampard with the declaration: ‘Player – Manager – Legend’ – similar to the flag depicting former Blues captain John Terry as: ‘Captain – Leader – Legend’.
Chelsea currently sit fourth in the Premier League, and are on course to qualify for the Champions League again this season – especially if Manchester City’s two-year ban from European football holds up.
They face another difficult fixture at the weekend, with Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side coming to the Bridge, before their Champions League round of 16 first-leg against Bayern Munich next Tuesday.