Frank Lampard has hailed former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as "the best" ahead of an expected return to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Portuguese seems set to succeed interim boss Rafael Benitez imminently after it was confirmed last night he will leave current employers Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Lampard was part of Mourinho's successful Chelsea side between July 2004 and September 2007, winning back-to-back league titles.
And the 34-year-old midfielder admits the manager had a way of coaxing the best out of the players.
"He made me believe I was better than I was at the time," Lampard told TalkSPORT.
"I thought I was a decent player, but he said to me 'listen, you can really get to the top' and he made me believe it. I tried to take it on and do it.
"I've had really good managers and different managers at times. It's the ones that get the best out of you, individually.