Frank Lampard: ‘Chelsea have grown to love the Europa League’
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says the club have gradually grown to love the Europa League after the initial disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League.
After winning Europe’s showpiece tournament last season, Lampard and his team-mates were not initially pleased to find themselves in the less prestigious Europa League this campaign.
But having made it to the final, where they will face Benfica this evening, the Blues are now only too pleased to be a part of Michel Platini’s Uefa Cup tinkering.
Asked if he would have mixed feelings about winning the second-tier competition this season, Lampard said: “No, because this is football. You are talking about the highest level of club football I think, so you can’t have it all your own way every year.
“We were lucky enough to have a great run to the final and win it last year, but every year is different, this year disappointed to end up in the Europa League at first but the more we have been involved in it, the more we’ve grown to love it and wanted to progress.
“You get closer to the final and obviously you want to be here. When you are actually here, when we landed earlier today, we realised it was a final, it’s a huge European final. So not at all, we are very much looking forward to the game, we want to win it to say we’ve won it, simple as that.”