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Lampard joins in the plaudits for interim Chelsea boss Di Matteo

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."

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