Lampard names the three toughest Champions League opponents he ever faced
Lampard names the three toughest Champions League opponents he ever faced
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Lampard names the three toughest Champions League opponents he ever faced

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be in the dugout for his first European match since taking over the side when he faces Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool in the finals of the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday night.

Lampard, who is the Blues' all-time top goalscorer has tasted defeats and enjoyed sweet victories in Europe, including captaining the side to their only Champions League win in 2012.

Ahead of the fixture, Lampard has revealed that Barcelona star Lionel Messi, alongside former teammates Xavi and Iniesta were the toughest opponents he faced during his Champions League playing career. 

 "Can I give you two answers? It'll actually be three," he responded when asked by UEFA.com on the toughest players he has ever faced. 

"The first one is Messi because he was the most incredible player – it was like you were playing against someone who's not on the same level as all of us.

"The two players I always remember having the hardest time against were Xavi and Iniesta at Barcelona. They just played football around you, and you didn't get near them. It was football that wasn't normal to me; it was different from anything else I came up against,"

Lampard has the chance to join the elite list of individuals who have won the Champions League as players and later as coaches, with his side having qualified for Europe's biggest club competition. 

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