Lampard Sends Message To Chelsea Youngsters About The Champions League

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Chelsea have a very young and inexperienced squad, but Frank Lampard’s side is not lacking in talent and confidence.

Lampard has trusted youth since his appointment as Chelsea boss and his youth policy at the club is now paying off.

The Blues beat Wolves 5-2 on Saturday at the Molineux as we secured our second victory of the season and all scorers were academy graduates, as Tammy Abraham bagged a hat-trick, with goals also coming from Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.

According to Opta, excluding own-goals, Chelsea have become the first team in Premier League history to have 11 consecutive Premier League goals scored by players aged 21 or younger.

However, ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash against Valencia, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has sent a message to his young squad telling them that the Champions League is a different contest from what they are used to in the Premier League.

“It is different in its nature,” he said. “The main thing I found as a player is your concentration and focus levels throughout every game have to be absolutely spot on.

“Not to say you can get away with things in the Premier League but the higher level of player in the Champions League and the different style of game that comes sometimes can surprise you.

“There are teams that are fantastic on the counter-attack and can hurt you in one second when you feel like you are in control, so that focus throughout will be the main point I will make.”

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