Frank Lampard admits Chelsea will ‘probably suffer’ as the club prepare to face Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie tonight.
Chelsea welcome the German giants to Stamford Bridge this evening in a rematch of the 2012 final, though Lampard’s side head into the clash as rank underdogs against the five-time European champions.
Bayern are regarded amongst the favourites to lift the trophy having reached at least the semi-finals in six of the past eight editions of the competition, and Lampard admits his side face a formidable task against a squad littered with Champions League experience and major honours.
“When you look at their team, the talent they have, the medals they have, the experience they have… maybe we don’t have that experience,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference.
“But it’s there to turn it around; to overcome being the underdog. Those are the best stories in sport. I understand if people call us the underdogs because Bayern are so strong.
“A big part of my job is to explain to the players that over two legs, we need to be at our maximum. We must make sure every box is ticked in both games.
“After the game, we will probably suffer. Bayern are an incredible side with the ball. They’ve got some really talented players who keep the ball and use it well.
“If we have to suffer, we have to suffer.”