Lampard insists Chelsea’s Champions League group will be ‘very tough’ despite favourable draw

Frank Lampard insists Chelsea’s Champions League group will prove ‘very tough’ despite what appears to be a favourable looking draw for the west London outfit.

Chelsea were placed in pot two for the draw but will be largely pleased after learning their opponents, the club set to face off against Europa League winners Sevilla and group stage debutants Krasnodar and Rennes.

It leaves the Blue with arguably the most straightforward of the eight Champions League groups as they bid to reach the knock-out stages for a second successive year, though Lampard was keen to avoid overconfidence from his side and says he is expecting ‘very competitive games’ across the group.

“I am happy with the draw in the fact that we analysed straightaway the teams we are playing against,” he told the Chelsea website. “We are very aware that every Champions League group is very tough. So I know a lot of the reaction afterwards was what a great draw it is for Chelsea but we can’t approach it with that mindset at all.

“They are very tough games, all the teams that we play, especially when you are travelling in Europe you always know you are going to get very competitive games.

“Sevilla won the Europa League last year, and both of the other teams are emerging teams that will cause us a lot of threats and dangers, so let’s see.”

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