Lampard set for Stamford Bridge managerial return with Eden Hazard

Back to Stamford Bridge: Lampard set for managerial return with Eden Hazard

Frank Lampard is coming back to Stamford Bridge, but this time as a manager for a very special game. He’s going to be in charge of the England team at Soccer Aid, a big charity football match that happens every year.

Lampard hasn’t been managing a team since he left Chelsea, but now he’s teaming up with his uncle Harry Redknapp for this event.

The former West Ham midfielder says he is really happy about being part of Soccer Aid. He said: “Playing in front of a sold-out crowd at Stamford Bridge is special – for any player, on any occasion.

“I’m excited to be doing that again – this time with Soccer Aid for UNICEF. Managing the Soccer Aid England team with Harry Redknapp will be a proud moment and great fun – but the main focus is rightly on the millions of pounds we can all raise together.”

The England team will have lots of famous players like Jermain Defoe, Jack Wilshere, Stuart Broad, and Sir Mo Farah. But everyone’s also talking about Eden Hazard, who used to play with Lampard at Chelsea, reports the Express.

He’s going to be playing too, but for the Rest of the World team.

Lampard shared his excitement about the event, saying:“Playing in front of a sold-out crowd at Stamford Bridge is special – for any player, on any occasion.

“I’m excited to be doing that again – this time with Soccer Aid for UNICEF. Managing the Soccer Aid England team with Harry Redknapp will be a proud moment and great fun – but the main focus is rightly on the millions of pounds we can all raise together.”

Hazard expressed his joy about returning to Stamford Bridge:“My Chelsea family – I am coming home on Sunday June 9! I can’t wait to see you all again. Playing at Stamford Bridge was always amazing. We won so many trophies together there. Some of the very best memories I have in football – seven brilliant years. I miss them.

“As I enter a new chapter, we can write new history with Soccer Aid for UNICEF. Together, we can and will raise millions of pounds for children across the world. So, buy your tickets and let’s have a great day together in June”.

Mauricio Pochettino, the current Chelsea manager – who Hazard is a big fan of, is set to lead Hazard’s Rest of the World team in Soccer Aid. He had a tough first season with Chelsea but is happy to be back for Soccer Aid after last year’s fun.

Pochettino shared his excitement: “Soccer Aid for UNICEF is a huge event – and one I am delighted to be part of again. The 2023 match was a great experience to be a part of and that is why I was more than happy to accept a return this year, particularly as it will be at Stamford Bridge and with Frank Lampard, a Chelsea legend, in the opposing dugout for England.

“We raised so much money last year, and I hope we can do the same this time, so please get involved and buy your tickets. A sold-out Stamford Bridge generates an incredible atmosphere and we want the players who are part of Soccer Aid 2024 to enjoy that same feeling when they step out on to the pitch on Sunday 9th June.”

Remember, Soccer Aid for UNICEF is happening on Sunday 9th June at Stamford Bridge, and you can buy tickets now.

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