Lampard reveals the message he has given to the Chelsea players in the ground where Chelsea won the Champions League

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2012 was a fairytale year for Chelsea, and current Blues boss Frank Lampard was part of the miracle at the Allianz Arena where Chelsea defied the odds and withstood the storm to defeat Bayern Munich on their home soil to lift a first ever Champions League trophy.

The Blues boss captained the team on that special night.

Lampard returns to the Allianz Arena, this time as manager of Chelsea, but he has revealed that his message to his team won’t be about history.

Lampard said: “This is a new generation of players, a new era of players. All I got last week was ‘how great will it be if they win a cup final?’ The experience of losing a cup final will be a big part of the young players’ careers. Tomorrow is a big experience for them, no matter what: a fantastic stadium, a fantastic team, a challenge we can try and overturn a result.

“If I was to use short stories from my career throughout the season the players would be very bored! I will speak to the players and make them aware of the opportunity they have here: to show they want to turn this game around, to act like they want to turn this game around, and to believe they can turn the game around.

“That’s very clear and it mustn’t be short on them. It’s been a long season, successful in many ways, and now we have a huge challenge in a one-off game to try and do something special. I understand the difficulties, but all I want to see is a performance and attitude from the team that attempts to do something special.

“It will be very difficult, I don’t have to pretend with the players, I just need to see them perform, and I believe they will.”

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