‘I’m not concerned about what lesson he’s learned or not. I respect him and I respect Leeds but I only see the football side of it now and my only concern is with us being right tomorrow to try and win the match.’
As well as rivalries renewed, there will be a chance for Lampard to come up against two former team-mates in Patrick Bamford, who joined Chelsea at the age of 16 in 2012, and Jack Harrison, a colleague of Lampard’s at New York City. Both players are key attacking components in Bielsa’s free-flowing, dangerous side and the Blues head coach is wary of the problems they can cause.
‘I remember him well,’ he said of Bamford, who has seven Premier League goals to his name already this term. ‘He trained with us quite a lot as a young player when he arrived at the club and clearly had great finishing ability and an eye for goal from that early stage at Chelsea.
‘Obviously it didn’t quite work out for him, which was probably more due to the competition he faced at that period up front for us, but he should be proud of the way his career has gone.’