Lampard insists Chelsea can overcome the odds against PSG
Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard has backed manager Jose Mourinho to lead Chelsea to victory in the second leg of the quarterfinal tie against Paris Saint-Germain. The England international believes Mourinho can mastermind a big win against their French opponents in Europe.
Lampard insists Mourinho has the winning formula to overcome from the 3-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes last week. Paris Saint-Germain have the advantage over Chelsea, although the second leg is at Stamford Bridge, but the two-time Champions League winning manager is expected to unveil some new tricks on the field.
“It’s up to us to approach it the right way and that’s where you trust in the manager,” Lampard is quoted in the Daily Mirror. “He’s very, very strong in these situations and we’ll look at that. The problem with Champions League football is you can’t settle for having good periods in the game because little moments end up losing you the game. The quality level is so high.
“That was what was so disappointing about the other night in Paris. It’s very easy to be downbeat but the fact is a 2-0 win gets us through. So we have to be positive and try to win the game but at the same time we have to keep our heads.”
Chelsea will seek inspiration from their comeback win against Napoli from two seasons ago. The Blues were down to 3-1 from the first leg and seemed to be on their way back home, but a never-die attitude and resilience at its best saw Chelsea overcome the odds to defeat Napoli and go on to win the Champions League.
Lampard suggests Chelsea are under similar circumstances this season. The legendary Chelsea midfielder, who recently scored his 250th goal for the club against Stoke City, admits that Paris Saint-Germain might be a stronger team than Napoli, but Chelsea have the power to overcome the odds.
Lampard also admitted that the last scrappy goal Chelsea conceded was a “kick in the teeth”. Lampard urged his teammates to avoid complacency and fight till the last breath for a comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg.
The attacking midfielder believes Mourinho will find the right balance in the team to see the Blues go through to the semifinal. Lampard insists Chelsea must remain focused on their game plan rather than get distracted by what their French opposition might have in store for them.