Best Of The Best

Lampard's best of the best

As Chelsea legend Frank Lampard readied himself for his return to the Champions League, this time as manager, he sat down with Graham Hunter to discuss his greatest moments in the competition, including finally lifting the trophy in Munich in 2012

Best moment

Chelsea celebrate after Didier Drogba's winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final

“The best Champions League moment is Didier Drogba’s penalty hitting the back of the net in Munich. I didn’t enjoy the game, I didn’t enjoy it at all. It was painful trying to hang on in there, and trying to get the game to penalties in the end. But the moment that the ball hit the back of the net was sensational.”

Best goal

Frank Lampard rates his 2005 strike against Bayern as his best ever in the Champions League

“My best Champions League goal was against Bayern in 2005, at home. It was the second goal I’d scored in the game; it was a chest and a left-footed volley on the turn, a half volley, past Oliver Kahn in goal. I’ve scored a few, but as I’ve got a bit older, I’ve looked back on that one and it’s the one I probably couldn’t do if I were asked a thousand times to do it again. Especially at my age now!”

Penalty Pedigree

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Best moment

Chelsea celebrate after Didier Drogba's winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final

“The best Champions League moment is Didier Drogba’s penalty hitting the back of the net in Munich. I didn’t enjoy the game, I didn’t enjoy it at all. It was painful trying to hang on in there, and trying to get the game to penalties in the end. But the moment that the ball hit the back of the net was sensational.”

Best goal

Frank Lampard rates his 2005 strike against Bayern as his best ever in the Champions League

“My best Champions League goal was against Bayern in 2005, at home. It was the second goal I’d scored in the game; it was a chest and a left-footed volley on the turn, a half volley, past Oliver Kahn in goal. I’ve scored a few, but as I’ve got a bit older, I’ve looked back on that one and it’s the one I probably couldn’t do if I were asked a thousand times to do it again. Especially at my age now!”

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Best opponent

Xavi Hernandez (left), Andres Iniesta (centre) and Lionel Messi (right) of FC Barcelona

“It’ll actually be three. The first one is Messi because he was the most incredible player, with balance, speed. It was like you were playing against someone who’s not on the same level as all of us. I know I’ve played against some other great ones, but he was special, incredible. I’m not telling anyone anything they don’t know. He wasn’t quite my position; the two players I always remember having the hardest time against were Xavi and Iniesta at Barcelona. On their pitch it felt vast, and they just played football around you; you didn’t get near them. At the Bridge we got slightly closer to them, but those two, as a pair, were something special. It was football that wasn’t normal to me. It was different from anything else I came up against. I have huge respect for them both.”

Best stadium

FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium

“I’d say Barcelona’s – the Nou Camp. It’s slightly dated behind the scenes but it has incredible magic, and that hits you as you walk out on to the pitch. The vast size, the atmosphere … you can almost feel Ronaldo, Cruyff, Rivaldo – that they were on that pitch. In 2004/05 we played against them, and Ronaldinho and Eto’o played like something I’ve never seen: the speed of their game. It was an eye-opener for me, and that stadium continued to be so throughout my career.”

Read More: Frank Lampard on his journey to lifting the trophy

Penalty Pedigree

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Best moment

Chelsea celebrate after Didier Drogba's winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final

“The best Champions League moment is Didier Drogba’s penalty hitting the back of the net in Munich. I didn’t enjoy the game, I didn’t enjoy it at all. It was painful trying to hang on in there, and trying to get the game to penalties in the end. But the moment that the ball hit the back of the net was sensational.”

Best goal

Frank Lampard rates his 2005 strike against Bayern as his best ever in the Champions League

“My best Champions League goal was against Bayern in 2005, at home. It was the second goal I’d scored in the game; it was a chest and a left-footed volley on the turn, a half volley, past Oliver Kahn in goal. I’ve scored a few, but as I’ve got a bit older, I’ve looked back on that one and it’s the one I probably couldn’t do if I were asked a thousand times to do it again. Especially at my age now!”

Penalty Pedigree

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