The Chelsea vice-captain Frank Lampard is looking forward to meeting Reading tomorrow as his Dad, Frank Senior, is Reading’s new football consultant! He last faced him when Chelsea knocked Watford out of the FA Cup last season on their way to Wembley, and is looking forward to renewing the rivalry.
“There hasn’t been that much rivalry between me and my dad so far, but I think there might be a little bit on the day.” Frankie said.
“I’m really excited about it as having my dad on the other side obviously adds a little extra to the game so I’m looking forward to that.”
“I know my dad is really enjoying himself at Reading and that it’s a good club that is well supported.
“When he was at Watford last year I went to watch as many of their games as I could – and it’s not far for me to get to the Madejski to see Reading, so I will definitely go along and watch them this season.”
“I know dad didn’t enjoy the Watford game when we beat them 3-1, but it’s not always easy watching and being on the other side,” said Lampard junior.
“I always want him to do well, but it was a competitive game for Chelsea and in a selfish way I was pleased we won and eventually lifted the cup.”
There is nothing at stake this time, but Frank and his boss Carlo Ancelotti will be looking for another improved performance ahead of next weeks Community Shield game at Wembley against Man Utd.
Frank Snr was a little more relaxed than his son when he was asked if there was any rivalry involved, and said: “It happened at Watford in the cup and I didn’t really enjoy that one too much,”
“The build up was good, but when it came to the game it was obviously a bit strange.
“But there’s no rivalry here between me and Frank, it’s only a friendly and will be a good occasion for the supporters.”
Frank then went on to praise Readings new coach Brendan Rodgers, who came to Reading from being Chelsea reserve team coach, via Watford.
“I know Reading will want to play lots of passing football under Brendan. He’s got a young team there that will be hungry,” he admitted. “I think if you’re a Reading fan then you’re in for some exciting football this season with a top-class manager
“Brendan is an absolutely fantastic manager. I always thought from the moment I first met him he would become a top manager.
“He was great at Chelsea and all the lads loved his training methods. He was a lot like Jose Mourinho in a way.”
Lampard added: “Everything Brendan does in his sessions are football orientated and the players loved working with him.
“He definitely has something special about him and I’m sure he will do very well at Reading.”
So Brendan is the new “Special One!”