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Frank Lampard is relishing the London derby
Chelsea star Frank Lampard believes the London derby between the Blues and Tottenham will have even more of an edge now Andre Villas-Boas is Spurs’ new head coach.
The Portuguese boss was appointed last week and the two sides face each other on October 20 at White Hart Lane and on April 13 2013 at Stamford Bridge.
“Yes, AVB now being at Spurs will give those derby games even more of an edge,” he said.
“They are pretty edgy anyway but this will add even more. When I see him I’ll shake his hand and wish him all the best. But then I will try my best to beat him.”
Lampard fell out with Villas-Boas during his ill-feted time at Stamford Bridge but still felt he had learnt something during his nine-month spell.
“He had his plans for the team and that meant me not playing as much as before. That was just one part of it, the problems were far bigger and broader than that.
“But as a player you learn off every manager whether they are good, bad or indifferent. I definitely learned in different ways from Andre. It was an interesting time.
“I was always used to having a great relationship with my managers. Everyone I had worked previously with.
“Not having that suddenly made it pretty tough for me at the time. It makes you stop and think, it makes you re-evaluate everything you are doing.