Frank Lampard believes his Chelsea side can compete with Liverpool when they meet in the FA Cup tonight – after two positive showings against them so far this season. Chelsea were beaten 2-1 in the Premier League and lost on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the Super Cup.
And Lampard believes if they can replicate those two displays this will have a chance tonight.
But the head coach does admit he faces team selection problems with a number of players out injured.
Chelsea are without Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and and N’Golo Kante while Andreas Christensen is a doubt.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has stepped up his recovery but this match is likely to come too soon.
“We have to try to replicate the work [from those games], particularly in the second half at Stamford Bridge and most of the Super Cup game where we went toe-to-toe,” Lampard said.
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“It should give us confidence that, if we are at our best, we can go against them and match them.
“I’ve been watching both of those games this last week and our team looks different in terms of individuals because we do have injury problems but the work we’re putting in will hopefully improve us over the big picture.”
Liverpool were beaten for the first time in the league this season by Watford on Saturday – ending hope of an invincible season.
And Chelsea will look to send them packing in the FA Cup which would put the Champions League as their final chance to add to the nailed on Premier League title.
Lampard predicted his side would give him everything but did hint at changes to the starting line up as they continue their battle for a Champions League spot.
“A team that gives everything to try and get through to the next round against a very strong Liverpool team,” he said when asked what to expect.
“I believe in the squad. Sometimes you have to make changes. Of course you go game by game, case by case on those.
“The team I put out should give everything to compete with Liverpool, as we have done twice this season.
“We competed very well against them and were probably unfortunate on both occasions to lose.
“I will presume Liverpool will put out their strongest team, or there and thereabouts, knowing whatever team they put out will give us a very difficult match.
“I don’t know if it’s a good time to play them. Maybe not, who knows. They have become relatively human for one game; it shows how competitive the Premier League is and how well they’ve done.”
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