FRANK LAMPARD says success in today’s £180million Championship play-off final could feel BIGGER than winning the Champions League.
The Derby boss, whose team take on Aston Villa at Wembley, was in the Chelsea side that lifted Europe’s top trophy in 2012.
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He said: “I’m scared to compare a play-off semi to winning the Champions League because it does sound ridiculous to a degree.
“But how it felt in terms of personal achievement or when you’ve worked for something and you get it, it felt similar.
“But we are not done. That achievement was special on the night — the next one is the biggest one of all in terms of the club.
“If we get this club back in the Premier League I can’t say how it would feel.”
The former midfielder admits it will be strange to be up against long-time Chelsea and England pal John Terry.
Terry will be in the rival dugout as assistant to Villa boss Dean Smith.
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And Lampard added: “It will be weird but good. First I respect Dean Smith as well who I know pretty well.
“But John has been a friend for a long time.
"Incredible professional to play with and I was fortunate to have his ability and leadership next to me in the team for so long. I wish him well.”