Lampard implies Chelsea can afford to lose Valencia clash

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Chelsea’s trip to the Mestalla stadium is a crucial one as the Blues must not lose the game to stand a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Currently, Ajax, Chelsea and Valencia are all tied up with seven points, and the least the Blues should be aiming for is a draw. If Chelsea must top the group and seal qualification as soon as possible, the Blues must get a win at the Mestalla on Wednesday night.

However, Blues boss Frank Lampard has chosen to take off the pressure of winning from his players and doesn’t see this game as a do or die affair.

“It’s a must-not-lose game,” said Lampard, who knows his team will advance with a win and still have qualification in their hands if it’s a draw.

“We lost ground in the first game against Valencia, we have made up a lot of that ground, but I always thought it would be a tight group. It’s meant we have had to go to two difficult stadiums against two difficult teams and win.

“It doesn’t mean we’re out if we lose, but it puts us in a very difficult position. What we have done is bring that kind of knockout football slightly earlier in the competition. That’s no big problem. The reality is at this level you will come to this conundrum at some point where it will be like this.

“Work remains to be done and another challenge is in front of us.”

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