Lampard gives verdict on his young players ahead of Champions League opener

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Chelsea will kickstart their Champions League campaign this season with a home game against Sevilla at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Chelsea and Sevilla are favourites for this game, that has Krasnodar and Rennes in the same group.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard led a very young squad to the second round of the Champions League last season, and more is expected of the team this season, with the signing of some top players.

Speaking ahead of the Sevilla game, Lampard has said that he expects more from his young squad this season, than last season.

“The players that were here last year, and talking about the young players particularly in the Bayern Munich games because of the strong opposition, it would have been a learning curve for them,” said Lampard.

“That’s the Champions League; it’s the top club competition in world football. They will be better for it; they will want to improve this year in that. We will see how much they have learned.

“Of the players we have brought in, some have more Champions League experience than others,” added Lampard.

“We generally have younger players so it’s important we try and make sure we learn any lessons as we go because the Champions League is so cut-throat.

“You have to have absolute focus because of the level of teams you’re playing, and particularly as we start against Sevilla.”

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