Chelsea will play Atletico Madrid away in Spain on Wednesday before playing Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes we will find out how good Chelsea really are this week.
“This week we will find out how good Chelsea really are. Antonio Conte will be satisfied with how things have been going but now they are facing Atletico Madrid and Manchester City in the space of just four days,” Lampard wrote in Evening Standard.
“Make no mistake about it, these are critical games in the club’s season and provide a huge challenge.
“They are coming up against two very strong teams, starting with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
“Atletico is one of the hardest places to go in Europe, with the way they play and the atmosphere in the stadium.
“On Saturday, it does not get any easier with a home fixture against Manchester City.
“Pep Guardiola’s side are in great form, scoring a lot of goals and are three points clear of Chelsea in the Premier League table.
“If they win at Stamford Bridge, the gap will be extended to six, which is a fair amount all of a sudden.
“However, should Chelsea get through these two fixtures unscathed, then it will send out a real message of intent.”