Lampard sets new record after Chelsea beat Lille to qualify for knockout stage of Champions League

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Tammy Abraham and Cesar Azpilicueta scored as Chelsea beat Lille 2-1 to qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard set a new record following Chelsea’s progression to the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Lampard is the first Englishman to qualify for the Champions League knock-out stages as both a player and a manager.

Speaking after Chelsea’s win over Lille, Lampard said: “I believe in the group and I thought when the group came up then it was going to be tough.

“I think there has been a lot of resilience shown to go to Lille and Ajax and get results. To get through the group. When Ajax get knocked out it is obviously a tough one.

“Problems of the transfer ban, other teams around us are spending and improving that is part of being a top club, and we have some younger players in there.

“I don’t want to keep making excuses for us, we have a lot of work to do. I know that if we are going to bridge the gap of where we want to be then there will be bumps in the road, the past two weeks have proved that.

“We need to be strong and resilient when it comes along. Be a little patient at the same time. The players we have we might want to improve as the windows come along, then we can keep moving forward.”

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