The Blues thrashed Grimsby Town 7-1 in the third round of the Carabao on Wednesday. The victory over the League One side gave Frank Lampard his first win at Stamford Bridge since taking the head coach position in July.
Halfway through the press conference after his victory, the Chelsea boss found out that his team had drawn Manchester United in the fourth round. Manchester United defeated Chelsea 4-0 on the opening weekend of the Premier League. They, however, failed to make another win after winning over the Blues, and struggled to a penalty-shootout victory against League One Rochdale at Old Trafford.
Lampard nonetheless is not taking things easy going up against a seemingly out of form team. “I was just watching the penalties. It’s a big draw, two big teams and I’m pleased we’re at home. We’ll see,” Lampard said of the tie, which will take place on the week commencing October 28.
“I think a lot can happen in football in a short time. The next round is not coming tomorrow. We have to respect the fact they have good players.
“They beat us 4-0… so I’m certainly not going to stand here and talk Man United down.
“It’s going to be a tough game, and the beauty of what we did on Wednesday night was make the game look pretty easy.
“But these games can be tough and I’d rather, from a distance and having not watched the game, give Rochdale credit for taking them all the way. Man United will bring a strong team here.”
Ross Barkley started the scoring binge against the League Two side Grimsby Town. He found the back of the net after just four minutes. Michy Batshuayi, Pedro, Kurt Zouma, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi also contributed to the team.
Lampard also took notice of Billy Gilmour, who had a stellar performance in the midfield. Chelsea fans also appreciated Lampard for handing debuts to four academy graduates.
Chelsea will face the Red Devils in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on October 28.