Frank Lampard vs John Terry: Chelsea best mates go head-to-head as Derby set up play-off final with Aston Villa

CHELSEA fans will be taking a special interest in the Championship play-off final this year.

Blues legends and best pals Frank Lampard and John Terry will be in rival dugouts when Aston Villa meet Derby County at Wembley on May 27.

Arguably the two greatest players in Chelsea history, JT and Lamps won everything going and were the first names on the Blues teamsheet for more than a decade.

The pair won three Premier League titles, two League Cups, four FA Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League together.

Lampard, 40, scored a club record 211 goals in 648 matches, while Terry, 38, played in 717 Chelsea games and captained the club from 2004 to his departure in 2017.

Now both retired, they will meet for the third time as rivals this season at the national stadium.

Lampard has led the Rams to the play-offs in his first season as a manager, while Terry helped turn around Aston Villa’s shaky start to the season after coming in as Dean Smith’s assistant.

But the best pals are never far from each other and earlier this season revealed they “compare notes” – although it is always on hold when the two sides meet.

Lamps & JT for Chelsea

Frank Lampard

Appearances: 648

Goals: 211

Premier League winner: 2005, 2006, 2010

League Cup: 2005, 2007

FA Cup: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012

Champions League: 2012

Europa League: 2013

Premier League Player of the Season: 2005

PFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2005, 2006

John Terry

Appearances: 717

Goals: 67

Premier League winner: 2005, 2006, 2010, 2015, 2017

League Cup: 2005, 2007, 2015

FA Cup: 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012

Champions League: 2012

Europa League: 2013

PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2005

PFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2015

Uefa Team of the Year: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009

 

Lampard said in November: “We won’t be this week, but I would have no problem with that normally.

“We are tight, as is [Derby assistant] Jody Morris with John.

“We have no issue with communicating.

“You don’t have to cut ties as friends or even to talk football with people just because you work for different clubs.

“This week we’ve put it to the side, though.”

At the time the Rams boss also admitted that the pair were “different personalities” – which is “why we were a decent match as captain and vice-captain”.

So just how different are they? Let’s compare…

Punditry

Lamps has proved himself a very smooth operator in the studio, appearing as a pundit for BT Sport’s Champions League coverage for the whole of the 2017-18 season.

He was also a big name in the BBC studio for their coverage of the World Cup in Russia.

Terry, who only quit playing at the start of this season, has made far fewer appearances in TV studios, although his Monday Night Football appearance on Sky Sports was memorable.

Result: Lampard 1 Terry 0

Fancy dress

We have to give this one to the former England skipper.

JT is unrecognisable as the Honey Monster, while his family also pull out all the stops – Toni doing a very good Harley Quinn impression.

Lampard is dressed up for a Super Bowl party so has not quite gone all out, but the helmet is impressive.

Result: Lampard 1 Terry 1

As toddlers

Two very cute pics of the future football stars.

John, and big brother Paul, both have their initials sewed on to their school jumpers.

Frank looks like a cherub in the arms of his mum Pat, with whom he had a very close relationship.

It feels a bit crass to give this one a winner and loser.

Result: Lampard 1 Terry 1

Chefs

Unfortunately, SunSport didn’t get an invite to either barbecue so we didn’t get to taste the final product.

This one is hard to judge.

Terry’s meat is clearly much further along,  and looks ready to go, while most of Lampard’s is still raw.

But the midfielder has a greater variety on the grill – the chicken breast swinging it his way.

Result: Lampard 2 Terry 1

Family

Both Terry and Lampard and their families radiate happiness in every pic they share together.

First-hand experience of the candy floss at The Shard tells me JT is on to a winner here – but an OBE is rather impressive as well.

Another draw.

Result: Lampard 2 Terry 1

Wives

I’m not getting myself into any trouble by picking one of these beauties over the other.

Especially when both are well out of my league.

I’m jealous of both. Another draw.

Result: Lampard 2 Terry 1

Gym

Terry is two years younger than Lampard and only finished playing last summer, while Lampard hung up his boots in 2016.

Have those extra years of inactivity cost him?

During their peak time it would be Lampard by a mile, Terry had a reasonable fitness record but the midfielder had one of the best engines in Premier League history.

You don’t play a record 164 consecutive Prem matches without looking after yourself.

But if there was a bleep test today, it’d be hard to tell, so I’m sitting on the fence (again).

Result: Lampard 2 Terry 1

Golf

One very clear winner here: John Terry.

The former centre-back plays the game in every spare moment and is very much on his way to an impressive handicap.

His son, Georgie, is also a massive golfer and is believed to be chasing a pro career.

Lampard plays for fun and doesn’t take it seriously.

One interesting note: JT, who was very two-footed for a centre-back but favoured his right, plays off his left on the course.

Result: Lampard 2 Terry 2

Fashion

Very little to choose between the two in this pic, although Lampard is ever so slightly more casual and JT edging into more formal territory.

A Gilet and a blazer are chalk and cheese so it’s not worth comparing.

But two small things that edge this round to Super Frank: his hat is a nicer shape and colour, and the sunglasses are a classic touch.

Result: Lampard 3 Terry 2

Dogs

We can’t see Blue’s face and Minnie is very cute.

But let me tell you this: I wouldn’t be caught walking a dog that can (and has been) fit inside a handbag. No sir.

Cane Corsos are ferocious looking and make perfect guard dogs, but, like all mastiffs, they are also very gentle when trained properly.

Drama to the last as JT steals a late draw!

Result: Lampard 3 Terry 3

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