Frank Lampard has suggested that he will be rotating his Chelsea side for the Carabao Cup tie against Manchester United, though insists he is still taking the tie seriously.
United travel to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, the Carabao Cup offering a realistic opportunity for both sides to pick up some silverware this season, with both clubs firmly in transition.
Chelsea go into the game in much the better form, winning their last seven games in all competitions, though one of their two league defeats did come against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, Manchester United running out 4-0 winners on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Lampard insisted he will utilise the opportunity to rotate his side, though will still be looking for his players to ‘give everything’.
“I won’t take this game lightly even if I make changes,” Lampard said.
“If players do step out of the line up with a view to the coming weeks, it’s about the big picture. I understand how players are but those who start will give everything.
“[The 4-0 defeat to United] feels a million miles away but I’m not disregarding it. They hurt us four times in a game we played particularly well in.”
“We’ll target them all,” the former midfielder said.
“It would [be a big achievement]. A day at Wembley should never be taken lightly. But not just for the young boys – we’ll give it our all.”