Lampard certainly doesn't need firing up anymore ahead of FA Cup final

Frank Lampard doesn’t need firing up anymore in his quest for silverware… the Chelsea boss has a long history with Arsenal after his bitter scuffle with Cesc Fabregas in 2007 and there will be nothing sweeter than an FA Cup final win over a London rival

  • Chelsea will battle it out with Arsenal for FA Cup glory on Saturday at Wembley
  • Frank Lampard is looking to cap off an impressive season with silverware
  • Lampard and Mikel Arteta are eager to claim their first trophy in management
  • The final is a repeat of the 2017 showdown at Wembley, when Arsenal won 2-1 

Over the years, Chelsea’s rivalry with Arsenal has developed into one of the most exciting fixtures in English football thanks to the Blues’ rise under Roman Abramovich after he purchased the club in 2003.

The rivalry has certainly intensified following Chelsea’s surge to the top of England’s summit, highlighted mostly by Jose Mourinho’s animosity with legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

And on the pitch, the competitiveness has remained feisty between the two teams, and one of the biggest examples of that was during the 2007 League Cup final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Frank Lampard is going in search of his first piece of silverware in management on Saturday

Chelsea take on London rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday evening

As Chelsea edged towards a 2-1 victory thanks to a double from Arsenal’s nemesis Didier Drogba, a massive brawl erupted during the closing minutes that led to dismissals for John Obi Mikel, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor.

But it was arguably the role of Frank Lampard in the brawl that surprised both Chelsea and Arsenal fans 13 years ago.

After tempers flared between Toure and Mikel, Lampard and Cesc Fabregas both rushed to the scene as they tried to stand up for their team-mates… but what followed were some unsavory scenes between the two midfield greats.

Fabregas decided to drag Lampard away by the neck after the former England international had confronted Toure for his scuffle with Mikel. 

Lampard then lost his cool and reacted back to Fabregas as the pair had their own brawl, which properly kicked off the skirmish between the London rivals in the Welsh capital. 

It was one of the only times Lampard lost his rag on the football pitch, usually keeping a cool, calm and collected persona when he put on his playing shirt.

Lampard gets embroiled in a scuffle with Cesc Fabregas during the 2007 League Cup final

Fabregas drags Lampard by the neck as a brawl breaks out between Chelsea and Arsenal 

And after leaving Stamford Bridge, Lampard opened up on his rivalry with Fabregas, and how the Spaniard’s arrival at Chelsea in 2014 led to his emotional departure. 

‘We never played together! They let me go to get Cesc in,’ Lampard said on BT Sport this weekend.

‘Me and Cesc never really got on well on the pitch so they didn’t think we could share a dressing room.’

Lampard knows exactly what is at stake during a London derby against Arsenal and has plenty of experience in one of the biggest matches in the English football calendar.

The former midfielder has a strong record playing for Chelsea against the Gunners, claiming victory 11 times out of 27 games in all competitions, with a win percentage of 40.7%. 

During that time, Lampard scored four goals and created six assists, while picking up eight yellow cards. 

Lampard played 27 times against the Gunners for Chelsea, winning 11 games in total

So Lampard more than anybody understands the occasion that awaits him this Saturday at Wembley, and his experience will be absolutely key if Chelsea want to claim their first piece of silverware under him. 

Lampard will be fired up just as much as anybody on the pitch come 5:30pm on Saturday following his experiences against the Gunners in the past but the match has now taken on added spice thanks to his character on the touchline.  

While he usually kept his composure on the pitch, in management there have been numerous times where he has let his emotions get the better of him.

Only as long ago as last Wednesday, Lampard lost his cool on the touchline as Chelsea fell to a 5-3 defeat at champions Liverpool in their penultimate Premier League fixture.

Lampard saw the red mist descend when a soft foul was given on the edge of the Chelsea area, which led to Trent Alexander-Arnold scoring a brilliant free-kick.

Lampard let his emotions get the better of him at Liverpool last week in the Premier League

The Blues boss immediately began to boil over at the referee’s decision, and responded immediately after hearing murmurings from the Liverpool section of the dug-out.

Lampard fired an x-rated tirade at Liverpool’s backroom staff and Jurgen Klopp, with his furious outburst having been caught on camera. 

Furthermore, a moment from last season that stands out in everyone’s minds is the celebrations that ensued following Derby’s semi-final play-off triumph over Leeds at Elland Road.

After a season-long feud with Leeds following what became known as ‘spygate’, and Lampard’s angry reaction to Marcelo Bielsa’s open admittance of spying on his opponents, the two teams met with a place at Wembley and a shot at the Premier League on the line. 

Trailing after the first leg, Lampard’s side stunned favourites Leeds at Elland Road, and the whole Derby squad milked the victory in the aftermath.

Following emotional scenes on the pitch, Lampard and the Derby squad celebrated and goaded Leeds fans with their own song about ‘Spygate’ and the then-Rams boss, wildly bouncing up and down while singing ‘Stop crying Frank Lampard!’

Lampard goes crazy as Derby beat Leeds to secure their place in Championship play-off final

Lampard himself was in the middle of it all, his suit drenched in champagne, and mimicking crying to the cameras as players recorded the jubilant scenes in the Elland Road dressing room.

Unfortunately for Lampard, their play-off journey would end in heartbreak after losing to Aston Villa 2-1 in the final at the national stadium. 

But after getting so close to his first real high in management with Derby, and following an impressive debut season as Chelsea boss – in which he secured Champions League football – it has definitely given him the taste for more, and don’t be surprised to see him all fired up on the touchline on Saturday.

Following his previous against Arsenal from his playing days, Lampard will certainly need no extra motivation ahead of the FA Cup final as he goes on the hunt for his first piece of silverware in management.

And there will not be many sweeter feelings than an FA Cup final triumph over a London rival.

Lampard celebrates at the Emirates earlier in the season as Chelsea beat the Gunners 2-1

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