Frank Lampard has laid the foundations of Chelsea’s Champions league run.
The former Blues coach was sacked in January and replaced by Tuchel who guided the club to the FA Cup and Champions League final.
Thomas Tuchel has hailed Lampard for helping to guide the team to the knockout stages earlier in this campaign.
“You can only arrive in a Champions League final if you make it through the group stage and Frank had an amazing record in the group stage,” the German coach said.
“This lays the foundations for getting to the final and I will never forget this.
“From the first day when I came in here I was aware that Frank created his own legacy at Chelsea and it is well deserved.
“When I came in it was halfway through the season and it was about continuing the job he had done.
“He is one of the big, big players and the key figures of this club and when you think about Chelsea you think about Frank Lampard.
“One or two days after I arrived he sent me a message and wished me all the best – that was very nice to receive and it was very polite.
“I was very happy to get that message.”