Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has hailed Thomas Tuchel following his impact since taking over at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard was sacked in January after a poor run of form over the winter period with Chelsea appointing Tuchel as his successor. Since the German's arrival, he has made an instant impact as the club is on the course to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and has a Champions League final to play against Manchester City.
And Lampard has hailed Tuchel's impact and says he would happily meet up with his successor once the season is over.
"I just felt it the right thing to do. When you’re young you’re very self-consumed, you just want to be the best, you get very competitive about everybody," Lampard said when asked about the message he sent to Tuchel.
"As you mature and you realize going to Chelsea the job might not last for ever, for me the only way to have long-term success and actually do the right thing is by acting right and showing people the right respect."
"I remember Tuchel leaving PSG two months before and it was the talk of the training ground when we came in one day as we had a lot of French players, French-speaking players, and then he comes into Chelsea. I haven’t met him."
"The right thing to do is to wish him luck with the club that’s my club, that I played for so long and had just managed."
Lampard revealed he is still in touch with Chelsea staff and they always tell him positive things about Tuchel.
"I’m still in touch with the staff there. The things I hear about him are very positive. He comes across very well. He’s obviously a top-class manager. I appreciated his words last week, giving me credit for the first half of the season, and he’s taking it on and I’ll give him credit for that as well because to reach two finals and to be in contention for the top four, it is a big achievement from a top manager."
"I happily would [meet him]. ‘He’s much busier than me at the minute so I’ll leave him be for the next couple of weeks."
Chelsea will take on Aston Villa in their last game of the Premier League before facing City on May 29th in the finals of the Champions League.