Frank Lampard has suggested caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo was more diplomatic in telling the England international he was to be left out of Chelsea's starting line-up. Lampard admitted shortly before Andre Villas-Boas' departure to having been at odds with the 34-year-old, who habitually omitted him from big games.
Di Matteo, who has started Lampard in almost every game since taking charge, dropped him to the bench before last week's quarter-final win at Benfica.
Asked if Di Matteo had taken a different approach to Villas-Boas, Lampard told BBC Radio Five Live: "Yes, that is fair to say.
"I spoke with Robbie and certainly had no issue with it. I was delighted to get the result we got. I came on in the last 20 minutes, anyway."
Lampard added: "The number one makes the decisions and he is revelling in making those decisions.
"He has kept it very simple. It's a case of getting a confidence and passion through the team and, in the results we've had, you'd say he has done that."