Chelsea boss Frank Lampard backed to win Champions League this year ahead of Sevilla tie

Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui believes Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season. Lampard endured a difficult campaign in Europe last season as Chelsea scraped through their group before losing 7-1 on aggregate to eventual champions Bayern Munich in the round of 16.

But the Blues boss has a very different side this campaign after spending big in the summer transfer window.

The experienced Thiago Silva has been brought in while Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech all have European pedigree.

It’s been a slow start to the new season though for Chelsea having won just two of their opening five Premier League games.

They have a chance to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing 3-3 draw with Southampton this evening though as they take on Sevilla in the Champions League.

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Lampard’s side have already conceded nine goals in the league and he put down some of their defensive frailties to the lack of a pre-season.

Lopetegui hit back at Lampard’s claims, insisting most sides in Europe had little time to prepare for the new season.

But the Sevilla boss still believes Chelsea will be one of the teams to beat in this year’s Champions League.

“I can’t comment on what he said but if anyone has had an atypical pre-season then it is us,” he said.

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“We have been saying this since everything started amid this complex situation.

“I don’t think you can look at these things too much and I think you just need to focus on adapting as best as possible with solutions.

“I think everybody has had a disrupted pre-season. Some had 12 days off. I think we need to adapt to the new reality as quickly as possible.

“Something that can help us is the excitement we feel when we get to compete in a competition like the Champions League, which is extremely demanding and exciting.

“We are against one of the teams that can win the competition in Chelsea. We need to perform well tomorrow, that’s the only thing we can do.”

The Sevilla boss expects a tough test against Lampard’s side, but he expects his side to play to win.

“It is going to be a tough ask, every match is difficult, especially when you are talking about the Champions League and playing against a team such as Chelsea,” Lopetegui added.

“But our intention is to win, like we do in every stadium and every match. We have to perform well, I don’t think the start of the season counts for much at the moment.

“They are a great side, with fantastic players and have performed very well this season. Lately they have been playing sensationally and they are going to force us to produce our best performance both defensively and offensively. We need to perform very well tomorrow.

“Chelsea like to dominate the ball, as we do, so I think it is a match between teams who have two different types of players, but who have the same idea – which is to dominate games. That’s what we need to be prepared for.”

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