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Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta believes experience will help the club this season in the Champions League, compared to last season.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had a very young squad last season, with many having not tested Champions League football.
The likes of Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori played a prominent role in the Champions League for Chelsea last season, but the difference in quality showed when Frank Lampard’s side were beaten 7-1 on aggregate by eventual champions Bayern Munich, in the round of 16.
However, Azpilicueta has revealed that the players are a bit more experienced this season, and is expecting a better response from the side.
Azpilicueta said: “When you get experience obviously it is better, because last season we had players who had never tasted Champions League football. It was new for some of them, and we had to compete against difficult teams.
“The last experience we had in the Champions League was against Bayern Munich, they were the best in Europe last season, so we could see where we want to be if we want to challenge with the best. We could see home and away how they played, the intensity, concentration, focus on every single ball. That’s what it takes to be competing at the highest level and hopefully from that moment we could see, we could learn.
“You are never happy to lose so we have the chance tomorrow to show what we have improved since last season in the Champions League.”