Having compiled over 400 games for Chelsea during a 13-year spell at the club, it is fair to say that Frank Lampard has built up quite an affection for the Stamford Bridge outfit.
And, even though he is currently across the Atlantic plying his trade for New York City FC, Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer remains a big fan and is often commenting on the current squad's latest results.
The veteran midfielder has, though, kept his opinions to himself for most of the season so far as Antonio Conte continues to instil his own tactics and philosophy at the club. That changed this week when Lampard was asked in a Twitter Q&A to assess Chelsea's current situation in the aftermath of their impressive 4-0 win over Manchester United.
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The 38-year-old was taking part in his now weekly 'Ask Lampard' feature at NYCFC when the question, 'What did you think of Chelsea 4-0 Man Utd this past weekend?' popped up.
Lampard, as you might expect, was very happy with the result but also offered his view on what he sees as a lot of positives around his former club right now.
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"I loved it," Lampard said on the big win. "It was great to see. I think they're in transition slightly and I think they're going to come through that now.
"...I thought - watching the game at home - the energy of the team, quality of the players, teamwork, fast moving of the ball, the way they played from start to finish I think they completely dominated Manchester United.
"The atmosphere seemed great...you sense a good feeling around the club. I think that was a great game and it really gives us a positive feeling for the rest of the season."
Conte's time as Chelsea manager so far has had its ups and downs. A solid start to the Premier League campaign was followed by disappointing defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool, with questions raised about team selection following.
However, their dismantling of United last weekend was a huge positive for the club as they seek to keep in contact with the early pace-setters at the top of the league.
Clearly, in Lampard's eyes at least, the west London club aren't too far off from competing for the title and results like the one over their former manager Jose Mourinho will obviously help build momentum.
How long it is before the current Chelsea squad can lift the Premier League title like Lampard did on three occasions remains to be seen, but the club legend certainly sounds positive about how they look under Conte so far.
Here's Lampard's full Q&A from this week...
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