Having already qualified for the knockout stages in Champions League, Lampard admitted he is targeting the top spot in their group. Frank Lampard takes his team to Sevilla who are level with Chelsea on 10 points after their stoppage time winner against Krasnodar on Matchday 4. Chelsea, who are unbeaten in their last 14 games across all competitions will look to extend that run against Sevilla, who played out a draw in the reverse fixture on Matchday 1.
Lampard insists Chelsea are not taking the game lightly and are trying to finish top of their group. Speaking to reporters the Chelsea manager said “We’re fully fit, ready to go. I’ll have to do that for different reasons, some players have been playing a lot. Talk about the hectic schedule, it is hectic, but I can’t say that on one hand then not look at making some rotations for this game. On the other side of that, players that aren’t playing so regularly are training really well, are part of the group and important to us. Some people are knocking on the door and deserve opportunities.
We’re not taking the game lightly even though we’ve qualified. We want to win the group, I don’t expect a drop in level but there will be an opportunity for some players to get in the mix. In terms of motivation, talking about players that might play that haven’t played so many minutes, their motivation is to show why they should be in the starting XI. I have difficult choices, it’s an opportunity for players to give me more difficult choices going forward. As a collective, we’re on a good run, we haven’t lost since Liverpool. My experiences are if you’re going well and decide you want to flick the switch off then on again, it doesn’t work that way, so we have to remain consistent in that approach.”