Frank Lampard says Chelsea will be looking to maintain their ‘good run’ and seal top spot in Group E when they face Sevilla in the Champions League tomorrow night.
Chelsea have secured their qualification to the knockout stages after taking 10 points from their opening four group stage fixtures, and face a Sevilla side also assured of their place in the last 16 in Spain tomorrow.
Lampard could look to rotate his options with the west London side having secured early qualification, though the Chelsea boss has dismissed the notion of a ‘dead rubber’ with the club keen to progress as group winners.
Chelsea have been in impressive form in recent weeks to compile an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions, and Lampard says he is keen for his side to continue their recent momentum and finish as group winners with another victory in midweek.
“It certainly isn’t a dead rubber. We want to win the group for different reasons,” Lampard told his pre-match press conference.
“Generally winning the group is the beneficial pathway though that isn’t clear all the time.
“In terms of motivation, players who haven’t had many minutes have to show why they should be in the starting 11.
“I have difficult choices and it is an opportunity for players to give me more difficult choices going forward. We are on a good run. We haven’t lost since Liverpool which was a difficult game for us because of circumstances that happened in the game.
“My feelings in football are, if you are going well and try and flick the switch off and then flick it back on again, it doesn’t work that way.”