Frank Lampard believes winning £180m Championship playoffs is better than UCL title

Frank Lampard believes winning £180m Championship playoffs is better than UCL title

- Frank Lampard is hoping to help Derby County gain Premier League promotion

- The Rams face Aston Villa in the final face of their Championship final playoffs

- Lampard says winning the £180m encounter could be be bigger than the winning the Champions League title

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes helping Derby County gain promotion back to Premier League could feel bigger than winning the UEFA Champions League title.

The 40-year-old was part of the Blues team who lifted their first UCL title in 2012 following their victory over Bayern Munich in Germany.

Two years after retiring from active football, he journeyed into coaching and he is close to achieving a major feat of his career.

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He qualified the Rams for the playoffs after finishing sixth on the Championship table with 74 points at the end of regular season.

His side also overcame Leeds United in the first phase of their playoffs earlier this month and will battle Aston Villa in their last qualification process.

Should they win this round, they will be playing in the Premier League next campaign with the former midfielder tempted to rate the victory over winning the UCL title.

He said: “I’m scared to compare a play-off semi to winning the Champions League because it does sound ridiculous to a degree.

"But how it felt in terms of personal achievement or when you’ve worked for something and you get it, it felt similar.

"But we are not done. That achievement was special on the night — the next one is the biggest one of all in terms of the club.

"If we get this club back in the Premier League I can’t say how it would feel.”

Lampard also admitted that facing his former teammate at both club and national team level, John Terry for the first time would be strange.

Terry will be in the rival dugout as assistant to Villa boss Dean Smith.

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And Lampard added: “It will be weird but good. First I respect Dean Smith as well who I know pretty well. “But John has been a friend for a long time.

"Incredible professional to play with and I was fortunate to have his ability and leadership next to me in the team for so long. I wish him well.” earlier reported that Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has been tipped by bookies to replace Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues suffered a 6-0 defeat to Manchester City in super Sunday's Premier League clash at Etihad Stadium.

Sarri's men after the loss slipped to sixth on the table behind Arsenal with 50 points after 26 league matches. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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