- The Englishman hails Leo Messi, describing him as 'someone who's not on the same level as all of us'.
- He also heaps praise on the midfield duo of Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.
- Barca eliminated Chelsea in the 2008-2009 UCL semi-finals thanks to Iniesta's decisive away goal.
Frank Lampard has recalled his playing times in an interview with UEFA official media.
When asked on the best Champions League opponent he's ever faced, Chelsea's current boss wasn't able to name a single player.
He said: "Can I give you two answers? It'll actually be three. The first is Lionel Messi because he was the most incredible player, and the player with balance and speed."
On Messi, Lampard added: "It was like you were playing against someone who's not on the same level as all of us. I know I've played against some other great ones, but he was special, incredible – I'm not telling anyone anything they don't know."
Who were the other two? The Englishman continued: "The two players I always remember having the hardest time against were Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta at Barcelona. On their pitch, it felt vast, and they just played football around you, and you didn't get near them."
Lampard concluded: "Those two, as a pair, were something special. It was football that wasn't normal for me. It was different from anything else I came up against."
Frank was referring to the renowned 2008-2009 Champions League semi-finals. The Catalans eliminated the Blues after the 1-1 away draw in the second leg. Iniesta scored the decisive goal.
In total, the Chelsea man faced Barca ten times: three wins, five draws, two defeats. He also scored three goals during this run.