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Lampard 'gutted' for suspended Chelsea captain Terry

The England midfielder believes the defender has every right to feel aggrieved at missing the Champions League final after his dismissal against Barcelona in the semi-final

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is “gutted” that suspended team-mate John Terry will miss the Champions League final.

The club's vice-captain will now lead the side out at the Allianz Arena on May 19 after Terry received a straight red card for kicking out at Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez during the Blues’ 3-2 aggregate win on Tuesday night.

Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles will also watch from the stands after picking up their third booking of the knockout stages during the game at Camp Nou.

But Lampard, who paid tribute to his team-mates’ contribution in getting Chelsea to the final, believes the former England captain has every right to feel aggrieved over his suspension.

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“There was no real malice in it [the challenge]. I’m gutted for him because everyone knows Chelsea’s in his heart,” Lampard told reporters.

"You've got to feel for all of them [Ivanovic, Meireles, Ramires and Terry] and they're massive players that we'll miss," added the 33-year-old.

"Whether we win or lose, those players who miss the final take complete credit for being involved anyway."

Having led Chelsea to both the Champions League and FA Cup finals since replacing Andre Villas-Boas in March, Roberto Di Matteo's chances of landing the job permanently have dramatically improved.

And Lampard is full of praise for the Italian, describing the club’s transformation under him as “amazing”.

"I can't speak highly enough of him," he continued..

"Look at our record - it's not a coincidence. He has got the group with an atmosphere, he has created a spirit and determination.

"The players were here anyway but what he has done in bringing them together and getting results like [Tuesday's] and others from before is amazing."

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