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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted he’s desperate to beat Liverpool in Wednesday’s Super Cup after failing to win the trophy twice as a player.
After winning the Champions League in 2012, the Blues lost 4-1 to Atletico Madrid with Radamel Falcao scoring a hat-trick. After winning the Europa League in 2013, Lampard had another opportunity to win the Super Cup but the Blues lost to Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich on penalties.
Lampard told UEFA.com: “After we won the UEFA Champions League in 2012 we felt like we were the big boys and we were absolutely shocked and stunned when we lost 4-1 against Atletico which was a terrible game for us.
“Bayern [a 2-2 draw in 2013] was different, completely different; we put in a really good performance, could’ve won the game; they scored in the last moments, and then we lost in penalties.
“So I’ve had two great examples of a really important game that you don’t win in two different ways, and it makes you more determined to win it.
“We need to be absolutely ready. It’s a cup that the club desperately wants to win. I’ve never won it; a lot of players in there have never won it, so we have to give it everything. Going up against the team with the quality of Liverpool in a final is as tense as finals can be.
“You can lose finals; they’re very tough. But what you cannot do is lose it on the premise that we weren’t prepared, or we didn’t have that hunger or desire or everything you need to try and win a game of this magnitude.
“It’s going to be one of my first competitive games as manager of this club. Every player in there needs to be aware of the importance of the game to this club and we have to give everything because it’s going to be tough.
“It’s going to be tough, but we cannot walk off the pitch and think ‘oh, we could’ve done that’ or ‘we missed that opportunity’ or ‘we weren’t quite ready’ or make any excuses for ourselves.”