Frank Lampard has spoken of his side’s need to “put the record straight” when they take on Swiss side FC Basel on Tuesday night.
Basel recorded a famous 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Matchday One of the UEFA Champions League in September, but haven’t won a single group game since then, drawing twice and losing another of their four games.
Jose Mourinho on the other hand oversaw a massive turnaround in his side’s European exploits, winning all three games and scoring ten goals without reply since that shock defeat at the hands of the Switzerland-based club.
The Blues now travel to a ground they know well after they met and beat Basel 2-1 in a Europa League match in April, and they go back to Switzerland knowing a similar result will ensure qualification to the second round of Europe’s premier competition with a game to spare.
In fact, the London club needs just a point to confirm their participation in the next round, but one can be sure that the Blues will be gunning for all three on Tuesday night.
Speaking to Chelsea TV, Lampard said: “The great thing about that game (the 2-1 defeat to Basel) is it’s a bit of a distant memory now, because of results since then.
"It wasn’t easy to go and win three on the bounce and we still have a bit more to do. We can put the record straight on Tuesday.”
Lampard also touched on the importance of securing qualification early, adding: “We lost at home to Basel, but we won there last year in the Europa League. Let’s try to get that win. Then you can relax in that last game a little bit. We need to go and do the job.”
Chelsea fans should be wary of the consequences of an admittedly unlikely defeat, which would leave them just a point ahead of Basel and would also open the door for Schalke to join them on level points at the top of the group, should the Germans manage an away win at Steaua Bucharest.
A defeat for the home side will have far more damaging consequences for them though, as a loss to Chelsea coupled with a win for Schalke would effectively knock them out of the Champions League. Their chances of progression look dim given their home form which has seen them draw both of their European matches, and a probable defeat would leave them tussling with the Romanian side for a Europa League slot.
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