Chelsea boss Lampard say’s: Messi is the most incredible player
He told UEFA’s official website when asked to pick out the finest players he faced: “Can I give you two answers? It’ll actually be three.
“The first one is Messi because he was the most incredible player – it was like you were playing against someone who’s not on the same level as all of us.
“The two players I always remember having the hardest time against were Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta at Barcelona. They just played football around you, and you didn’t get near them.
Frank Lampard considers Lionel Messi to be “the most incredible player” and his toughest opponent, with the Chelsea boss now looking to take inspiration from iconic figures at Barcelona.
During a distinguished career which carried him to the very top of the game, the new Blues manager crossed paths with the world’s best on a regular basis.
A number of meetings with Messi were taken in, with the Argentine forming part of a star-studded cast at Camp Nou which dominated the European scene under Pep Guardiola.
Barca mastered the art of ‘tiki-taka’ around that time, with their high press and remarkable ball retention allowing them to dictate almost every game they took in.
Lampard is hoping to see the Chelsea side he has inherited adopt a similar mindset, with those at Camp Nou having set the standard for others to aspire to.
“What I certainly want to be is a team that are quite fluid and adaptable in the way that we play,” said Lampard.
“I don’t want to be stuck into one idea, one vision, one plan – I want the players to be adaptable, so that as we move forward, we can evolve.
“It might be daily, it might be weekly; it might be with formations, it might be with mindset. I want to be very open to that, and I want my players to be open to that.