Frank Lampard has described Chelsea’s Champions League group as ‘strong all the way through,’ with the club set to face Valencia, Ajax and Lille in a competitive looking group.
Chelsea return to Europe’s premier competition following a one-year absence and the Blues will begin their campaign with a home clash against Spanish side Valencia on September 17.
Lampard’s side will also meet last season’s semi-finalists Ajax in this year’s group stage, whilst Ligue 1 runners-up Lille complete the quartet in Group H, with the Chelsea boss admitting his side face a difficult task to reach the knock-out stages.
“There is never an easy Champions League draw,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s clash with Sheffield United.
“Valencia, Lille and Ajax, no walkover at all. It is a strong group all the way through.
“Mestalla is a difficult ground to go to, if you are not at it or ready it is difficult.”
Lampard previously said that the Blues transfer ban makes their European campaign all the more challenging.