Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has urged his side to be “absolutely ready” and “give everything” against Liverpool in Super Cup final, while saying he wants no excuses after the match.
Lampard made his managerial debut on Sunday as his side lost 4-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
And now Chelsea face another daunting challenge against Liverpool in the Super Cup on Wednesday, having qualified by the virtue of winning the 2018/19 Europa League title.
The Blues arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday morning after which Lampard spoke to reporters from UEFA.
“Going up against the team with the quality of Liverpool in a final is as tense as finals can be.
“Every player in there needs to be aware of the importance of the game to this club and we have to give everything, because it’s going to be tough.
“It’s going to be tough, but we cannot walk off the pitch and think, ‘Oh, we could’ve done that’ or ‘We missed that opportunity’ or ‘We weren’t quite ready’ or make any excuses for ourselves.”
Lampard lost two successive EUFA Super Cups as a player in 2012 and 2013 editions but he will be looking to turn that streak around, this time from the dugout.
“We need to be absolutely ready,” added Lampard.
“It’s a cup that the club desperately wants to win. I’ve never won it, a lot of players in there have never won it, so we have to give it everything.
“You can lose finals; they’re very tough. But what you cannot do is lose it on the premise that we weren’t prepared, or we didn’t have that hunger or desire or everything you need to try and win a game of this magnitude.”