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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that his team won’t be taking Krasnodar for granted, despite them being a relatively unknown side in Russia.
Chelsea had to labour hard to qualify from the Champions League group last season, after losing our first game against Valencia.
Frank Lampard still has that experience from last season in mind, and wouldn’t want to go through that same stress of qualifying from the group. He also revealed that he isn’t taking Krasnodar for granted.
Lampard said in his press conference: “Because of the first game which we lost last year, we had to go and get those results [against Lille and Ajax], which I liked because you saw that in our performance – the edge in our game.
“It’s very important we keep that edge. People will look at this group and consider coming to Russia to face a team playing in the Champions League for the first time and think it will be a comfortable game for us.
“We have to have edge in our game. Tomorrow we have to have edge to make sure we get through this group.”