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Frank Lampard is set for his first Champions League game as Chelsea manager as the Blues play host to Valencia tonight.
It’s going to be the opening day of the Champions League and Lampard will be hoping to kick-start it with a win for Chelsea.
Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has backed Chelsea to come out with a victory in this game.
“The Europa League holders Chelsea are unbeaten in six previous ties against Valencia (W3 D3) and The Oranges conceded five at Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Saturday,” the ex-England forward said in his prediction for BetVictor.
“The Blues scored five at Molineux at the weekend and I hope to see Frank Lampard’s exciting young side transfer that form to the Champions League stage in a game which is likely to see opportunities at both ends.”
Despite Valencia’s in-house crisis, 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 has also admitted that he’ll be proud to lead the team for his first Champions League game as manager and he’s looking forward to it as Chelsea play host to Valencia tonight.
“I will be proud to do it,” Lampard said of the prospect of managing in the competition for the first time, “because I had multiple incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones, and it is the ultimate in club football for me.
“There is something about nights at Stamford Bridge, something about the Champions League music. There are memories I have and we have here as Chelsea people and I want to experience it on this [the managerial] side of the fence.
“So I will be proud to take the team out, very aware that what matters is results, what matters is starting the group well against tough opposition but yes, I am excited.”