Chelsea boss Frank Lampard won’t be taking the out-of-form Manchester United lightly in their last-16 Carabao Cup clash next month.
Lampard oversaw a stunning 7-1 Carabao Cup victory over Grimsby Town on Tuesday to claim his first Chelsea win at Stamford Bridge as manager. Now, he’ll have a chance to get revenge against United following that humiliating 4-0 debut loss in August.
Helping his case could be United’s current struggles having only claimed one win in the Premier League since then. They barely even managed to book a last-16 spot after needing penalties to beat League One outfit Rochdale.
But Lampard refuses to drop his guard and expects his United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring a strong team to London.
“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 told reporters.
“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.”
Lampard’s bold move to select six academy graduates paid dividends on Wednesday. They all impressed with 18-year-old Billy Gilmour, in particular, standing out at Stamford Bridge.
“I’m pleased some players who have not been playing so many minutes played, there were some debuts, and the young lads who came on improved the team which was nice,” added Lampard.
It took just four minutes for Ross Barkley to put Chelsea ahead of Grimsby at home. Michy Batshuayi then struck twice with Pedro, Kurt Zouma, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi also getting on the scoresheet.