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Frank Lampard has revealed watching Chelsea win the Champions League was bittersweet as he opened up on his big regrets from his Stamford Bridge exit
The former Blues midfielder was sacked in January with Thomas Tuchel taking his place in the dugout as Chelsea would go on to become European Champions and secure a top-four finish.
Lampard, appearing on BBC One as a pundit for England's Euro 2020 opener against Croatia, has opened up on his departure and what it was like to watch Tuchel deliver the Champions League.
And he reveals that it was difficult in one sense given that he wasn't able to finish what he started, but felt immensely proud that he was able to lay the foundations for the club's success.
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He said: "Yeah when you work towards something you want to be there, you want to be the manager and I'm never going to try and lay claim on that. I was part of the early foundation potentially but Thomas did a fantastic job getting them there.
"I will say when I watched it, first I'm a Chelsea person, Chelsea fans are happy and the club deserves.
"But secondly to see Mason and Reece perform at that level, people like Mendy, Thiago and Chilwell, who came in in my time makes me pretty proud. But again that's a great achievement by them and well managed."
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Now he's had time to reflect on his Chelsea tenure, Lampard has nothing but positive memories to take forward with him.
He added: "Well obviously you never want to lose a job, I'm in pretty good company at Chelsea. It happens. It's the brutal reality of football at the top level.
"With reflection, I've had a few months out now, it's been nice to spend some time out of the game. I'm pretty proud at the job I did, it was an honour to manage the club.
"I came in at a tough time with the ban and the loss of Eden Hazard and worked really hard to get into the Champions League and Mason [Mount], developing the younger players was a huge deal to me.
"I'm happy. You don't want to lose your job but it's a huge experience for me."
Chelsea secured the Champions League last season
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Asked if he had any regrets or done things differently, he said: "I think I could probably sit down and talk to you about a lot of things. That's a manager's job. There will be a lot of things you could do differently.
"But as I say very proud of year one. Year two there were expectations, maybe different complications. Every team had problems this year.
"We had a problem in January and I left my job. I can't go back and keep reflecting on those things in a negative way. I can only look positively going forward."
Lampard insists he is looking to get back into management when the time is right, but wouldn't reveal if he had any offers as of yet.
He added: "I'm certainly not put off. I love the job, I love the challenge of it. I had two great experiences – at Derby and then at Chelsea – and I'd love to get back in and at the right time.
"No offers that I'm prepared to tell you about!"