Lampard has said that the clash against Lille will be a defining moment for his team.
Asked if games like Tuesday’s can shape the younger members of his squad, Lampard told reporters: “Yeah, they are crucial for the players. I was fortunate to have big moments like this for the club. I like that this is a knockout, we are going to be at our best. It is a big game, almost like a knockout game.
“We have wanted more in our home games. When you score early in the game it changes the face of the game. When you play well but don’t score you add the pressure yourselves.”
“It was always going to come,” he said at Monday’s pre-match news conference. “The way we are, the nature of the Premier League. It was never going to be plain sailing. This is a test.
“It’s a tight turnaround, but that is the nature of the season. There is work you can do and working out there. I am pleased we’re playing.”
“He is in the squad. It is good to have him back,” Lampard added. “We have given him a lot of work. He has come through that and he looks fit and ready to go. I know he is hungry. He is a good defender, you miss those individuals. And then see what he can bring for us.”