By Adrian Kajumba For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:31 BST, 16 September 2019 | Updated: 00:24 BST, 17 September 2019
Ahead of the next landmark in his fledgling career as a manager, his first time in charge for a Champions League match, the full range of memories have come flooding back for Frank Lampard.
The Miracle in Munich will top the lengthy list of good ones, the May night in 2012 when Lampard captained Chelsea as they won club football's biggest trophy for the first time.
Among the bad memories will be that miserable 2008 night when Chelsea's Champions League dream was washed away in the Moscow rain and they suffered the pain of defeat in a penalty shootout to Manchester United after a titanic 120-minute tussle.
Frank Lampard recalled scoring the emotional late penalty that sent Chelsea to the 2008 final
Ahead of Tuesday's opening game in Group H against Valencia at Stamford Bridge, Lampard has been reminded of what he says was 'without doubt' the most emotional occasion of his career.
In April 2008, Lampard showed huge courage just to play in Chelsea's Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, and then step up and score the extra-time penalty that helped send them into the all-Premier League final.
Because that night, Lampard was making his first appearance since the death the previous week of his beloved mum, Pat.
His goal was followed by powerful and moving celebrations, on the pitch and in the stands, as his team-mates rallied round him in support.
Understandably, Lampard appeared visibly moved as he recalled the occasion on Monday. 'A very emotional night on a personal level,' he said. 'I didn't need an extra bond with the Chelsea fans and the club, but what happened on that night and with the fans in the stadium, on such a huge game for the club, it is something that kicked everything on about how I feel about this club.
Ahead of the Valencia clash, a range of memories have come flooding back for Frank Lampard
As a striker, you go through plenty of droughts. So when you are in a purple patch, when you are scoring for fun, you do not want anything to stop it. All you care about is keeping that golden run