Frank Lampard is happy to be back at Chelsea and hopes his familiarity with the club will aid him ahead of his debut campaign as manager.
Lampard enjoyed a stunning 13-year playing career at Chelsea, which saw him score a record 211 goals in 648 games on route to three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League.
The Blues legend has now returned to Stamford Bridge as a manager this summer after replacing Maurizio Sarri in the dugout.
Although concerns remain over Lampard’s suitability for the role considering he’s only got the one season of coaching experience under his belt at Championship side Derby County.
Not helping matters is Lampard’s mixed start to life in charge of Chelsea with one win, a draw and a defeat in his opening three games.
But the 41-year-old is relishing being back at Chelsea and reflected on the special feeling he had stepping into the manager’s office, which has been occupied by the likes of Jose Mourinho, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti in the past.
“It did feel good. It has felt good to be back,” Lampard told the Daily Mail.
“It’s certainly a benefit to know the building so well and a lot of faces in the building made it not so much of a first-day-of-school feeling.
“I spoke about Jose a lot, about when he first came, and the lift he gave me, the self-confidence, more mentally than actually tactically or physically. Guus Hiddink sent me a message this week which was very nice.
“These are all managers I respect. I respect all the managers I had, even ones I maybe didn’t have a close connection to.”
The former midfielder then revealed that even he tended to avoid going into the gaffer’s office during his own days as a player.
“I wouldn’t have gone there much,” admitted Lampard.
“Only if I was called in or went in for any reason as vice-captain. I always respected the manager.
“I tried to be low maintenance and that corridor towards the manager’s office was somewhere you didn’t venture much. But now it’s where I’ll be, I suppose.”
Lampard and Chelsea will be back in action on Tuesday against Barcelona in Japan.