Champions League: Frank Lampard says Chelsea ‘must not lose’ to Valencia
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says their Champions League match in Valencia is a”shouldn’t lose” game instead of a”should win”.
Lampard’s side are second in Group H and certainly will qualify if they win.
Chelsea lost 1-0 at home to Valencia in their opening match but Lampard says the defeat has”put us in this place and attracted a sort of knockout football”.
“We were the better team although the lesson was, even if you sleep for one minute then you get punished,” said Lampard.
“it is a major test but we do not mind that.”
The Blues will be without the Callum Hudson-Odoi, whereas Ross Barkley and Antonio Rudiger have not travelled despite returning to training.
Lampard states after undergoing surgery in an issue with his 38, Rudiger, who has been sidelined since he was substituted at the 5-2 Premier League win at Wolves on 14 is working towards fitness.
Meanwhile, Valencia coach Albert Celades states that the visitors are a”super” side and”one of the best in Europe”.
Although they were beaten by Manchester City in their Premier League outing chelsea have won eight of the past 13 matches in all competitions.
Both sides are level on seven points, along with last season Ajax.
“it is a great chance for people to try to achieve the next round. But even if we do not win we’ll still have a good chance,” said Celades, whose side travel to Ajax in their final group match.
“But we will go out to win the match first of all and see what happens next. We are a big club and we have to have that type of mindset”