Frank Lampard accepts that Chelsea is underdogs prior to the Champions League final-16 meeting with Bayern Munich
- Frank Lampard says that Chelsea has the power to beat Bayern Munich
- The Blues host on Tuesday in the Champions League last-16 first leg
- Chelsea will be without Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and N’Golo Kante
- Lampard revealed a pre-match meeting helped to clear the air for Spurs victory
Frank Lampard has instructed Chelsea to turn the current European order upside down against Bayern Munich.
Lampard has accepted that many Chelsea underdogs will act during the hosting of the thriving Bundesliga leaders in the first leg of the Champions League final-16 on Tuesday night.
The Blues boss expects a tough Bayern challenge that Tottenham 7-2 hammered to London in October, but has told his players that they have the power to win a statement victory.
Frank Lampard says that Chelsea has the power to win a statement against Bayern Munich
“I think the underdog is talking for a game like this to come from outside, from people looking inside,” Lampard said.
‘My job is just to prepare the game, look at the opponent and see if we can find weaknesses there. I understand that people call us the underdog because their team is so strong and they have so much experience.
“But these things are changing. The underdog is there to change things. We all love an underdog story and these are some of the best stories in the sport. “
Lampard won the Champions League when Chelsea knocked out Bayern in 2012 and knows how hard it is to beat the German giants.
Lampard tasted the victory against the German giants in the final of the Champions League 2012
The former midfielder of England admitted that he will specifically address his young team about the increase in pressure and quality associated with top-level knockout football in the European league.
“I have no doubt starting one of the young players, I trust all the players who were part of the team this year,” Lampard said.
“They have earned confidence in the way they have played. It changes somewhat when it reaches the knockout phase and I will talk to all players about what that means. “
Chelsea is on Tuesday without an injured trio of Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and N’Golo Kante, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek is taking part in the game.
Loftus-Cheek was an unused replacement in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win against Tottenham for his first involvement in the campaign, accelerating his recovery after a long-term Achilles injury.
The Blues will be without N’Golo Kante when they host the Bundesliga club on Tuesday
“We have players with Champions League experience in the team, but we also have young players in the early stages of their career,” said Lampard.
“A big part of my work tomorrow is to explain to the players that we should be maximal over two legs. We need every detail, every box checked in both games.
‘Bayern Munich is an incredible side of the ball. If we have to suffer without the ball, we have to suffer, so that is our job in the next two games.
‘Bayern is definitely a team that can win the title if you go through their team and look at the talent and the unity in it.
‘They are at the top of the Bundesliga for a reason. It is a club that seems to overcome difficulties. I have enormous respect for the club. “
Lampard unveiled a fair pre-match meeting to clear the sky before the victory over Tottenham was achieved
Chelsea ended a four-time winless league run with Saturday’s derby victory over Spurs, with Lampard admitting that a fair pre-match meeting set the tone for a battle victory.
“If you look at our recent form in the competition, we play well, but the most important parts of the game, the final third, scoring goals and making sure we don’t give in, were a little short,” he added .
“The most important thing is that I was very honest and it was important that everyone felt the same. The response in the meeting and the response to Tottenham was perfect.
“What we cannot do now has forgotten what we have done to Tottenham. It was a mini-start against Tottenham, but now we have to continue. “