Chelsea Football Club manager, Frank Lampard has warned his players that he does not want to hear any excuses after his side’s UEFA Super Cup final game against Liverpool.
In an all-English affair, Chelsea will go head-to-head with Liverpool in the Uefa Super Cup final on Wednesday, August 14.
Lampard who expects his players to deliver a strong performance this time around said that Liverpool are tough opponents and his side has to take into account every single detail.
“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,” said Lampard before adding,
“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 endured a tough competitive debut as Chelsea boss on Sunday after his side lost by four goals to nil against Manchester United.
Having qualified by winning last season’s Europa League, Chelsea faces the daunting challenge of taking on the Champions League holders in Istanbul.
“Going up against the team with the quality of Liverpool in a final is as tense as finals can be,” Lampard said at a presser.
“This is going to be an even tougher season because we have a couple of youth players who need development,” Lampard responded to a question concerning criticism of his sides’ display against United.
Lampard’s first summer as Chelsea boss has been restricted by a two-window ban on the club signing new players, with the departure of Eden Hazard further intensifying the challenge facing the 41-year-old.
While Chelsea claimed their sole Super Cup trophy in 1998, Lampard lost back-to-back finals during his playing career, as the west London club qualified for the UEFA showpiece in 2012 and 2013.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the Vodafone Park in Istanbul is the host venue for the match – The 41,188-seater stadium is home to Besiktas.
It is the first time the final has been held in Turkey.
By John Dalton Kigozi