Frank Lampard wants their players at their absolute best and prepared to “suffer” in Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.
Chelsea are due to host the Bundesliga champions on Tuesday night for the first leg of the round of 16 tie.
“We’ve got players with Champions League experience in this group, as well as younger players in the early stages of their careers, particularly in the Champions League,” Lampard said. “They have to understand why I keep talking about the levels going up, and what the mindset levels are. A big part of my job tomorrow is to explain to the players that over two legs, we need to be at our maximum.
“We must make sure every box is ticked in both games. We can’t get caught up in game moments. After the game, we will probably suffer. Bayern Munich are an incredible side with the ball. They’ve got some really talented players who keep the ball and use the ball well. If we have to suffer, we have to suffer. That’s our job over the next two games.”
When speaking about Mason Mount and Reece James, Lampard said, “I’ve got no doubts to start them. I trust in those two. I trust all the young players who have been part of the squad this year. That’s a huge part of what we do here.
“The reason I trust them is because of the way they play, the way they train. I will speak to them. They’ve played big games but as I’ve mentioned before, it changes slightly when you get to the knockout stage. I’ll certainly speak to all of my players, particularly the younger players about what that means.”
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