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Chelsea manager Lampard proud of record: Alongside the great Sir Bobby Robson?

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard feels he's under greater pressure being an English coach in the Champions League.

Ahead of the trip to Russian side Krasnodar FC, Lampard, 42, is managing Chelsea in his second Champions League campaign.

The last Englishman to achieve that was legendary Sir Bobby Robson 17 years ago with Newcastle United.

Asked generally if he is scrutinised differently because he is from England, Lampard replied: “I think possibly, yes. Possibly, yes.

“When I got this job, a lot of people were questioning me. A lot of people told me: 'Are you sure you want to take it because of opinion?'

“Sometimes people can be very quick to form opinions straightaway for whatever reason.

“Being a young English manager with one year at Derby some of that I understood.

“But we do have to judge people on face value like any manager, no matter of where you're from. I was proud of what we achieved last season."

Lampard hopes football owners will consider employing more home-grown talent in the future.

He said: “I was surprised by the stat when I was told it, joining the great Bobby Robson, and to be the only Englishman who has done it since.

“I don't feel the responsibility of the 'English managers' union'.

“It was a long time ago, towards the end of my career, when I heard English managers would get jobs in the Premier League. There was a merry-go-round.

“But I think it's slightly different. Sometimes now we see English managers showing their qualities in the game, throughout the Premier League and Championship.

“Hopefully there are more opportunities for them.

“Sometimes with the brilliant invasion of great quality coaches and players into the Premier League, sometimes our eyes go to that.

“It becomes very new and trendy, rightly so, with managers who have achieved so much. But hopefully we can also have managers at home who can do the jobs as well."

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