New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed he received a message from immediate former club coach Frank Lampard.
The German was appointed to replace the Englishman on Tuesday, following his sacking on Monday morning.
Speaking on Thursday afternoon in his first media conference as Chelsea boss, Tuchel further revealed his admiration for the former midfielder, who attained legendary status during his playing days.
"I can absolutely assume that it is a big, big disappointment for the fanbase to see that Frank was sacked. I have the biggest respect for him and was a huge fan of Frank as a player.
"It was pure joy to watch him play to see how he played with personality. He was one of the key figures to demonstrate over 90 minutes what Chelsea is all about, about intensity, about devotion, about winning mentality.
"I have the biggest respect for him personally and for his legacy, and it just got bigger when I received a message today in the morning," he revealed, "a personal message to wish me all the best and maybe that we meet in the future when this is possible,"
"Honestly, nothing has changed there but in the last 72 hours the club made it clear to me that this is not my fault, and I cannot change the situation for him. The decision was made and I was handed the opportunity,"
Tuchel settled for a draw in his first match in charge, which came less than 24 hours following his appointment.
Next up for Tuchel and company is a home tie against Sean Dyche's Burnley, before facing Jose Mourinho's Tottenham.