Date: 19th May 2012 at 2:49pm
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Ahead of Chelsea game against Bayern Munich tonight Roberto Di Matteo has spoken of his faith in Frank Lampard’s leadership qualities in the absence of club captain John Terry, who is missing through suspension after receiving a straight red card in the semi-final second leg against Barcelona.

Robbie told the club’s official website:

“Frank has been amazing. He has risen to the occasion when we needed him. In the Nou Camp he was outstanding, he led the group, and he is a natural leader.”

The Italian added:

“You might not always look at him like that but when you need him the man is there, he is a proper man.”

The pressure on the elder statesmen in the squad will be immense tonight but the likes of Lampard, Didier Drogba and Ashley Cole deserve a Champions League winners medal, and let’s hope they can bring the trophy home to London.

This season has been quite a journey for Lampard in particular as he started on the bench when Chelsea lost 3-1 away to Napoli in Naples. At that stage we were written off, no-one gave us a chance against Barcelona and we’re labelled the underdogs again…which is a tag we seem to enjoy.

After knocking Barca out of the Champions League Frank Lampard said it was Chelsea’s ‘finest hour’, can we go one further and win the Champions League?