Frank Lampard hopes that Chelsea’s youthful squad will take lessons from last season’s Champions League campaign in the run-up to their clash with Seville.
On their return to Europe’s elite club competition in 2019-20, Chelsea finished second in the group stage in Valencia before losing 7-1 overall to Bayern Munich in the last-16.
After a final matchup in Saturday’s 3-3 Premier League draw with Southampton, the Blues will open their Champions League campaign at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
With Chelsea winning just two of their first five league games and having already been dumped out of the EFL Cup, the men could be challenged again when they faced the Seville Europa League champions, but the challenge is over.
“It’s a great platform to learn because you’re competing against the best, we’ve played against the best in Bayern Munich and it shows you the consistency,” said Chelsea’s boss ahead of the start of their continental tour, with Rennes and Krasnodar and the other teams in Group E.
“Last year, we were a young team, working a lot to develop, and the Bayern game was a great marker for young players in the squad to understand the standards that need to be accomplished. I recall having this myself as a young player.”