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Frank Lampard insists he must not be judged as the "standard-bearer" for English managers.

Chelsea boss Lampard is only the second English manager to lead a team in two Champions League campaigns, after Bobby Robson.

He believes he is judged differently in some quarters due to his nationality, and claimed he cannot be expected to lead any kind of charge for English bosses at the game's top level.

Lampard revealed even some close confidants quizzed him on his decision to take the Chelsea job - but 15 months on he still believes he made the right call to take over at Stamford Bridge.

"I don't feel the responsibility for the English managers' union, but I was surprised myself when I was told that stat last week, the great Bobby Robson to be the only other English manager to have done it," said Lampard.

"There was quite a long time when I used to hear about how English managers couldn't get jobs in the Premier League, and there was a merry-go-round and this sort of thing.

"But I actually think it's slightly different now, I think sometimes now we're seeing English managers showing their qualities within the game, throughout the Premier League, throughout the Championship, throughout the leagues.

"And hopefully there are more opportunities for them."

Chelsea will take on Champions League debutants Krasnodar in tonight's Group E clash, fresh from successive goalless draws against Sevilla and Manchester United.

Thiago Silva has been rested and has not travelled to Russia, while Kepa Arrizabalaga is still missing with shoulder trouble.

Toni Rudiger could be primed for his first appearance of the season after coming back into the fold following talks with Lampard.

The former Chelsea midfielder knows there were many questions about his suitability when he took the Stamford Bridge helm - but the 42-year-old insists he has never shared any of those doubts.

Asked if he feels he is judged differently from other managers, Lampard said: "I think possibly yes; I think when I got this job a lot of people were questioning me getting the job.

"And I think when sometimes people can be very quick to form opinions straight away, for whatever reason, and being a young English manager with one year at Derby some of that I understood."


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