Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes matching Manchester City isn’t enough to beat Pep Guardiola’s men.
According to Lampard, Chelsea will have to be at our best, take our chances when we get them and be vigilant about how we defend.
“When you play against City, there are benchmarks for you,” Lampard said.
“We have to say as a club like Chelsea that we want to be at that level – competing for first and competing in cup competitions.
“In recent seasons, we have been there a lot but at the moment we know we’re in a slightly different situation. We want to close that gap so when you go head to head, it’s a great opportunity for the players.
“We have a job to do and our job is to go up against one of the best teams in the world over the last few seasons and try to get a result.
“When you play a team of Man City’s level, you can play like we did in that game where we matched them in general play but if you have a couple of moments where you switch off they constantly will have individuals and a way of playing that gives you problems.
“We’ll have to be at our best. We have to take our chances when we get them because we had some up there that we didn’t take and we also have to be very vigilant about how we defend. The work ethic of the team in a defensive nature has to be huge to try and stop them playing.
“It’s a huge challenge. We know that every time we play City but we have to believe in ourselves, be confident and give it our best because if we do then I have belief in this team that they can go up against anybody.”