Lampard reveals Chelsea are unprepared for a spot-kick scenario in Europa Cup final
It appears as if Chelsea in preparation of another embarrassing exit from the European scale by not preparing penalties. The London outfit might not be in the Champions League final this year, but they are in the Europa League final, and possess a good chance of winning. However, considering their track record its perhaps best if they prepare for the worst – and that means penalties.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has revealed that his side hasn’t been preparing for penalties. The veteran, who scored a crucial goal through a penalty in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich last year, believes his teammates should be putting in extra effort from scoring from the spot.
Chelsea won the Champions League final last year in a pulsating penalty kick shootout. Back then Chelsea practiced from the spot-kick which is one of the reasons they prevailed at Allianz Arena. The manager of the club back then was Roberto Di Matteo, this time it is Rafael Benitez, a man who himself has won the Champions League title through penalty kicks.
Therefore, it seems odd to see Chelsea without preparation for another dramatic spot-kick test. Frank Lampard suggests there are no perfect routines or preparations in order to prepare for a penalty situation, although practice itself is of utmost importance.
“We haven't practised yet and I don't think we will,” Frank Lampard said. “A year ago we practised them and took penalties against each of the four goalies we had. We all took them then and we won.
“But then again, I practiced them with England many a time in tournaments and we ended up losing the shootout, so I don't think there is any perfect recipe.
“It is down to the individual. Some people like to practice, but Michael Ballack never practiced a penalty when he was here and he was one of the best penalty takers I have played with.”
Interestingly, Frank Lampard will be leading Chelsea in a major European final once again. Since the first-captain of Chelsea, John Terry has been sidelined with an ankle injury, Frank Lampard has been handed the captain’s yellow armband and the responsibility to lead Chelsea to another great European night.
Last year, John Terry was unable to play in the Champions League final because of a suspension. This year the defender’s season has been ruined by a series of nagging injuries. Eden Hazard will join him on the sidelines because of his hamstring injury along with Ryan Bertrand due to his knee injury.
In spite of his absence from on-field action, John Terry will appear to life the Europa League trophy if Chelsea wins the match. It might be déjà vu for the skipper since he did the same thing in the Champions League final last year.
“It was the same situation for John last year and it's very unfortunate,” Frank Lampard added. “But everybody has been involved in the process of getting us to the final. You win it together and, as captain of the club, John will be right up there with me.”