Lampard: Valencia create a very difficult environment for the opponent
Frank Lampard spoke highly about the atmosphere at Mestalla ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Valencia on Wednesday evening.
The English coach made clear that Los Che are transformed when they play games at home due to the aura created by their fans.
«I watched a lot of Valencia’s matches, not just in the Champions League but in LaLiga, and we have the experience of playing against them,» Lampard said at Chelsea’s pre-match press conference.
«So I’m expecting a very organised team. A team with a lot of quality.
«My feeling, having played in this stadium, it is not just the team [that Valencia have]; it is the support and the atmosphere that come together.
«When they are playing well, then the atmosphere is very strong. It is a difficult game for everybody, so I expect a difficult match.»
Valencia have gathered the same amount of points as Chelsea in their Champions League group and Lampard indicated that his team will be in trouble should they be defeated in Spain.
«I think it’s a must-not-lose game because of the position we’re in,» he added.
«We lost ground in the first game against Valencia.
«We’ve made up a lot of that ground, but I always felt it would be a tight group and the reality of it is that we are in this situation.
«We don’t want to lose the game. It doesn’t mean we’re out if we lose but it puts us in a very difficult position.»