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Aston Villa boss eyes Chelsea upset

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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has told his players they must make up for last season's embarrassing 8-0 loss against Chelsea.

Villa travel to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night - just eight months after they were cruelly beaten by the Europa League winners.

The heavy defeat resulted in Villa losing confidence - leading them to being involved in a relegation scrap which they eventually got out of by finishing in 15th place. 

Lambert's side may be in better spirits this time however, as they come into the match on the back of a surprising 3-1 away win against Arsenal.

"Saturday has gone and you have to look to the one coming up against Chelsea, who are probably one of the favourites to win the title," the Scot told ITV Sport.

"We'll give it a go, like we did on Saturday. All you can ask is that we go down and give a good account of ourselves.

"It's hard to get results against these teams at the best of times but when you're doing it back to back, against Arsenal and Chelsea, it makes it even harder.

"But they're ready for it, confidence is really high after what happened at Arsenal and we'll go down there and give it a right go."

Lambert has told his players to put on a better performance than last time in order to appease the fans who support them wherever they go.

"We owe it to ourselves as well to go down there and try to do better," added the Villa boss.

"Our crowd have been absolutely brilliant. Even after that game they never turned on the lads. That speaks volumes for the supporters.

"Even though the fans were hurt and everybody at the football club was hurt, the supporters were a major catalyst in helping us last year.

"But I don't think about it (the 8-0 defeat) to be honest. I don't look back on it. It's a new season and there are a lot of new lads in the side.

"Chelsea have got a new manager and some new players so it's two totally different teams."

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