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Frank Lampard delivers refreshing Marcelo Bielsa verdict as Leeds United trip to Chelsea looms

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has delivered his glowing verdict of Marcelo Bielsa, pointing to his experiences against Leeds whilst managing Derby County.

The Whites are preparing for a trip to Stamford Bridge to renew their rivalry with Chelsea on Saturday.

To add extra spice to the occasion, it’s a chance for Leeds to get one over on Frank Lampard after his Play-off triumph at Elland Road in 2019.

While the fans have every right to hold a grudge after the manner of Lampard’s celebrations, it might not be the case for the two bosses ahead of tomorrow’s clash.

There’s a lot of animosity between Leeds and Chelsea heading into this fixture but you wouldn’t think it based on the manner of the two managers.

We’ve seen Marcelo Bielsa consistently conduct himself in a manner where everything he analyses is purely subjective, and his assessment of Chelsea and Lampard was overwhelmingly positive because of it.

While we might not expect it from Lampard, the Chelsea legend has been similarly full of praise for Leeds ahead of Saturday night’s clash at the Bridge.

Having struggled on three occasions against Leeds whilst at Derby County, Lampard knows how well Bielsa has done at Elland Road and took time to mention it.

During his pre-match press conference, Lampard had this to say on Bielsa (via Football.London): “It’s in the past, I’m certainly not going to dwell on it going into this game. 

“I’ve always had the respect for him as a coach. It was a great news story, it had a lot to it, and now it’s gone. 

“And again I just look at him and how well he did, he brought Leeds up the year after.

“They were probably the strongest Championship team the year we played them at Derby, so it was a very proud moment for myself actually to go up against him and win that game. 

“But it’s a game long gone now, and they are now a team in great form. So I just see the football side of it now.”

We ought to draw a line under what happened when he was at Derby, and focus on what we should expect from Lampard, the Chelsea manager.

This game is set up to be intriguing enough from a footballing perspective to not need the petty squabbles off it to generate buzz.

Fair play to Lampard to actually leave those events in the past, considering his tendencies to linger on certain topics.

It’s a game we looked for in the calendar when fixtures got released and both teams’ form makes it a mouthwatering clash.

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