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Chelsea have a huge FA Cup fifth round tie against Liverpool tonight at Stamford Bridge as both sides will be aiming to advance to the quarter-final stage of the competition.
Chelsea have played the Reds twice this season, and while Frank Lampard’s have been unable to get a win in both matches, the Blues have played well and even matched Liverpool on both occasions.
The first time both sides met was in the Super Cup final which ended in a 2-2 draw despite Chelsea going in front via Olivier Giroud. Chelsea lost the thrilling encounter on penalty shootout after 120 minutes of end to end football.
Chelsea were also beaten by Liverpool 2-1 earlier this season. In that game, Liverpool dominated the first half and scored two goals, but Chelsea were a different animal in the second half and were unfortunate not to have completed the comeback after N’Golo Kante had scored in the second half.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s game, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that he has been watching those two games and will like to take a cue from the team’s play in those games, especially in the second half of Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool back in October.
“We have to try to replicate the work
[from those games]
, particularly in the second half at Stamford Bridge and most of the Super Cup game where we went toe-to-toe,” said the Chelsea head coach.
“It should give us confidence that, if we are at our best, we can go against them and match them.
“I’ve been watching both of those games this last week and our team looks different in terms of individuals because we do have injury problems but the work we’re putting in will hopefully improve us over the big picture.”