Valencia may seem to be in turmoil, having been thrashed 5-2 by Barcelona last Saturday, a few days after coach Marcelino was sacked.
But Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has warned his side against complacency when the Blues host Los Che tomorrow morning (Singapore time).
“I’m aware of what’s going on but, at the same time, it doesn’t effect our approach or my approach,” said Lampard yesterday. “We are going up against a team with fantastic quality.
“In my experience of moments like this, it generally makes the group tighter and it can be a positive as much as a negative. They have issues off the pitch, but they will be very determined to come here and do well on the pitch.
“I am expecting a team who are hard to break down, dangerous on the counter-attack and a tough match.”
Lampard is proud to lead Chelsea back into the Champions League, but will be without defender Antonio Ruediger, who came off at half-time of their 5-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers due to a groin issue.
“Toni is injured. He’s bothered by a small groin problem that he’s been carrying for a few weeks and will have a scan later today,” said the Blues boss, who was part of the 2012 Chelsea side that won their first and only Champions League title after a penalty shoot-out triumph over Bayern Munich.
Lampard is also without defender Emerson, while midfielder N’Golo Kante and forward Callum Hudson-Odoi are not yet match-fit after returning from injuries. – REUTERS