Before the UEFA Champions League kick-off against Sevilla, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he wanted his team to reach the level of performance they achieved against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich last season.
Bayern beat London 7-1 last season to eliminate Lampard’s youthful Chelsea team from the Champions League in the round of 16.
And the former Blues midfielder said his players now know what level to play at to be successful at the highest level and challenged them to do just that.
“It’s a great platform to learn because you are playing against the best and we played the best at Bayern Munich.
“We were a young team last year and we worked a lot to improve and the Bayern game was a great marker for the young players in the squad to see the levels that need to be reached. that I had that myself as a young player. “
“Of the players we’ve brought with us, some have more Champions League experience than others.”
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With Roman Abramovich’s millions, Chelsea have strengthened their squad with the arrival of Brazilian defender Thiago Silva and added additional firepower in the form of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Despite having a stronger squad, Chelsea haven’t started the season as well as they’d hoped. The team missed a lead in Saturday’s 3-3 draw against Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard will look for better in European competition when his team takes on Sevilla at home and launches a campaign that also takes on rivals from Group E, Stade Rennais and FC Krasnodar.
“I’ve already talked about focus, focus and discipline, and this becomes even more important here than in other competitions because of the level of the Champions League,” added Lampard.
“I would always make that very clear to the players when they play someone the quality of Seville.”
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