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Chelsea’s Group H seem a bit easy on paper, as the Blues successfully avoided all the football giants in Europe, but it’s a tricky and tough group as well.
Valencia, Ajax and Lille are no minnows in football, and Ajax are a team on the rise as they rose to the challenge of reaching the Champions League semi-final last season and almost got a place in the final.
Chelsea will host Valencia tonight at Stamford Bridge, and Blues boss Frank Lampard has admitted that he’s expecting a tough game against the Spanish side.
Lampard said: “I’m expecting a tough match.
“It’s not easy to analyse a game against Barcelona [who Valencia lost to this weekend] as they make it hard for everybody.
“They’re very organised and hard to break down and can be very dangerous on the counter-attack. It will be a good test.”
Lampard’s target is to first qualify from the group stage and he believes that anything is possible from there.
He said: “I think the target is to qualify from the group. It’s a tough group but I have enough believe in the players.
“The Champions League is almost in two parts. The group phase before Christmas and the knockouts after.
“I believe we can get through but we’re aware it’s going to be tough. If you get through it’s up for grabs in the next phase.
“I’m confident we can get through but fully aware of the dangers of the group.”