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Chelsea boss Lampard: How I've learned from Rodgers

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admits he's close to Leicester City counterpart Brendan Rodgers ahead of today's clash.

Rodgers and Lampard know each other well, the Leicester manager having formerly been a youth team coach at the Chelsea academy under Jose Mourinho. The family link continued when Rodgers asked Lampard's father, Frank Snr, to work with him at Reading.

"I had a lot of contact with Brendan," said Lampard. "As we're trying to do here now, the link between the academy and the first team needs to be strong. It's a big part of the club. He was over here a lot, in the first-team building [when he was academy coach].

"The thing that probably stood out for me was the detail of him as a coach. He wanted to speak, wanted to ask questions, wanted to learn and was big on details in his sessions in how he organised them and forward-thinking. He stood out for me, on those terms.

"After that, when he moved on and went to Reading and Watford, he took my dad as a consultant. He was two days a week working and they worked quite closely. I certainly appreciated that, getting my dad out of the house. From then on, I've had a good relationship with Brendan. I saw him on holiday a couple of years ago by chance and we always have a chat. I have top respect for him."

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