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Lampard lauds Ancelotti ahead of Chelsea return

Lampard lauds Ancelotti ahead of Chelsea return

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has hailed his Everton counterpart Carlo Ancelotti ahead of his return to Stamford Bridge.

Lampard who played for Ancelotti at Chelsea described the Italian as a "fantastic manager" and insisted that he will be warmly received at Stamford Bridge.

"He is a gentleman, a fantastic manager. It was a good season under him. He is a great man-manager. On a personal level, he's great at striking up relationships. He's good tactically and has a great manner. I kept in touch with him now and again," Lampard said in his Friday presser.

On the game, Lampard injury worries have increased with the news that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had suffered a new injury setback with the player not expected to feature in the tie.

"It's tough, he wasn't rushed back, we had all the signs that he was fit to train. Then he re-injured it on his first training session with us.

"So it's frustrating for him definitely, a young boy who's keen to play, as you'd expect, and it's frustrating because it's another injury to us,” Lampard added.

Odoi adds to the injury list that has Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic, Christian Pulisic and N'Golo Kante.

Lampard will hope that he can get over another of his former boss after overcoming Jose Mourinho last month.