The experience of Frank Lampard could be invaluable for Chelsea tonight, as the midfielder will not allow his team mates to take Steaua Bucharest lightly at Stamford Bridge. The Blues need to be especially careful not to concede a goal, because the away goal rule could then cause real problems.
“Steaua are a good team,” said Lampard. “They are technically good on the ball, which most European teams are when you get to this stage of a competition and it will be a tough game, simple as that.
“It was a very difficult pitch out there and our pitch will be better.
“The fact we didn’t score an away goal is going to make it a difficult night, it will be on a bit of a knife edge, but we have to believe we have the character and ability to turn it around.”
The words character and ability could be Lampard’s middle name. According to paddy power, Chelsea are odds on to win the Europa league match against long as Steaua tonight and as long as Chelsea do not take Steaua for granted, then Chelsea should make it into the quarter-finals. The only real concern is that Fernando Torres has another nightmare, but Chelsea have goals in them all over the pitch, and showed their determination as recently as Sunday. The comeback from 2-0 down against Manchester United will have given everyone around the club renewed belief, and Steaua will not know what’s hit them.