Frank Lampard returns home to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his dream return to Chelsea as head coach, when his Blues welcome Leicester City in the English Premier League on Sunday.
It wasn’t a dream return to the English Premier League when his side were humbled away to rivals Manchester United, but with the home faithful well and truly on his side, Lampard will hope to expect a different result come Sunday afternoon.
Despite also being defeated in the UEFA Super Cup at the hands of Liverpool, spirits remain high as the reset button on the club seems to have been pushed alongside Lampard’s homecoming.
The occasion will no doubt be dominated by all things Lampard, so we have looked at Lampard’s previous three results against The Foxes at The Bridge.
Chelsea 4-3 Leicester City, Carling Cup, 2007/2008
Undoubtedly one of Lampard’s most memorable performances in a blue shirt, the midfielder netted a hat-trick in a hectic battle at The bridge against the then struggling Championship side.
It was The Foxes who took an unlikely lead in the first half through Gareth McCauley, but order was restored before half time as Lampard netted a neat double.
DJ Campbell and Carl Cort put Leicester on the brink of a shock win, but former Blue Andriy Shevchenko levelled before Lampard completed his hat-trick to confirm the victory.
Chelsea 2-1 Leicester City, English Premier League, 2003/2004
The curtain call of the Roman revolution ended in a narrow victory at The Bridge.
Despite the new age at Stamford Bridge getting off to a good start, it could’ve been done under more entertaining circumstances as a Lilian Nalis own goal gave The Blues the lead.
However, the newly promoted Foxes drew level through a James Scowcroft strike before half time.
As Abramovich watched on from the stands, he saw eventual stalwart and legend Lampard help his club to claim victory in the first home game of the season, thanks to a goal from the controversial forward Adrian Mutu.
Chelsea 2-0 Leicester City, English Premier League, 2001/2002
Do you feel old yet? The 2001/2002 season seems a far cry away from today, as we remember Lampard’s first-ever season in a blue shirt after he signed from London rivals West Ham United.
Lampard did, however, have to watch most of the game from the sidelines, as he was brought on during the latter stages of the contest.
Despite former Chelsea star Dennis Wise’s best efforts to derail his reunion with his beloved Blues, the South West London side came out eventual winners through goals from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Eidur Gudjohnsen.
By Darion Westwood