Chelsea's veteran midfielder Frank Lampard has hailed the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge and believes it is bringing the best out of him and his other team-mates.
Mourinho began his second spell at the club with a comfortable 2-0 win over newly-promoted Hull City, with Lampard netting one of them with a sensational free-kick - his 204th goal for the club.
And the England midfielder says the return of the Portuguese manager has brought out the inner schoolboy in him, and re-energised the whole squad.
He told the Fulham Chronicle: “With the manager now, he is very demanding on the training ground and on the pitch.
“I am very aware of how he is so if there is a spring in my step, it is also in all the team’s step too.
"I’m intent to get out of the blocks, put it that way. A change of manager often does that.
“It’s like having a new teacher at school, you want to impress and that can only be a good thing if you have 22 players wanting to do that and prove their place in the team and in pre-season we’ve had that."
Ever since the news was confirmed in May that Mourinho would be returning to the club there has been a huge buzz all around W6, with the players and fans hugely anticipating the season ahead.
Lampard emphasised this view saying: "There has been a lift. We have had a great pre-season. The young players have reacted to the manager.
"We can't ask for more than that and we were raring to go from the first whistle."
Chelsea entertain Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge tomorrow and the Blues' record scoring midfielder is keen for the west London side to continue their positive start to the season, against a side full of confidence after their shock opening day win at Arsenal.
"What matters now is we have to face an Aston Villa team this week that has just beaten Arsenal, so we can't rest on our laurels," Lampard added.
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