Frank Lampard wary of comparisons to Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League winners after Sevilla thrashing

Blues’ victory in Seville marked four straight in the competition – a feat last achieved in 2012…

Nick Purewal
Thursday 03 December 2020 15:26
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Frank Lampard has said he does not wish to tempt fate after Chelsea matched a feat achieved by the club’s Champions League winners.

The Blues’ 4-0 win at Sevilla in the group stage marked their fourth victory in a row in the Champions League, and the last time a Chelsea side won four straight in the competition was in 2012 – the year in which they lifted the trophy for the first and so far only time.

Lampard played for the west London club that season as they went all the way in Europe, but the former midfielder was coy when presented with the statistic following Wednesday’s win.

“I wasn’t aware of that,” the Chelsea manager said. “I do like superstitions, but I also don’t like tempting fate.

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“Listen, I am pleased with where we are at. The levels go up in the next stage and I am thankful that we have qualified for it and topped the group at this early stage.

“It is great for the confidence but the levels will go up, competition goes up, we found that last year. We are in a different place and we are improving, I feel that.”

Striker Olivier Giroud netted all four goals as Chelsea won in Seville, and his side are now on a 15-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

“I look at Oli today, but you could look around at other performances in that team with Jorginho, [Antonio] Rudiger, [Cesar] Azpilicueta and others,” Lampard said.

Giroud has sat third in the Blues’ striking pecking order so far this term, behind Tammy Abraham and new signing Timo Werner.

“The recruitment and now the competition has started to be really positive in the group,” Lampard said, “with players trying to get in the team and train at the top level every day.

“I have to put a small warning next to that, because people will get excited, particularly after a result like in Seville. But, as always, consistency is what wins you titles – Premier Leagues and Champions Leagues.

“We can't play like we did on Wednesday and then drop the level. Sustaining that level is what will bring success.”

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