The latest news from around Stamford Bridge as Chelsea and Frank Lampard prepare to face Wolves in the Premier League later this evening
Chelsea to face Atletico Madrid
Chelsea have been handed arguably the most difficult tie possible in the Champions League last-16 stage.
Sealing their passage through to the knockout phase with two games to spare, Frank Lampard’s side ensured they were one of the seeded teams for Monday afternoon’s draw in Switzerland after topping their group.
And they now know they’ll be facing La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid when the competition resumes in the new year.
With the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach, Atalanta, and FC Porto among the teams the Blues could have drawn, being paired with Diego Simeone’s side is arguably a nightmare tie.
However, Lampard has challenged his side to relish the two games.
“Most people will say it’s the toughest draw we could have had when you go off current form, how they are doing in La Liga, European experience and the quality of the team and player,” Lampard said.
“On the other hand all draws are difficult in the Champions League. We have to have belief in ourselves when that game comes around. You have to beat these teams if you’re going to win the Champions League. It is what it is.
“Any draw is tough but if you look they are top of La Liga and when you look at the batch of teams. I watched them knock Liverpool out last year. They are obviously a great team with experience and quality in the squad.
“Most people would say that they were one of the toughest we could have drawn on paper. We have to turn up and do our job.”