Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes home advantage might be critical in his side’s Carabao Cup fourth-round tie with Manchester United, but is cautious of bettering their out-of-form opponents.
Chelsea thrashed Grimsby 7-1 on Tuesday Wednesday to give Lampard his first victory at Stamford Bridge since taking control in July in the club in which he spent the bulk of his acting career.
United, who have won only once in the league since beating Chelsea 4-0 about the opening weekend of this season, fought to a penalty-shootout victory over League One Rochdale at Old Trafford.
“I was only watching the penalties. It is a large draw, two significant teams and I’m happy we’re in your home. We’ll see,” Lampard said of the tie, that will take place on the week beginning October 28.
“I feel a lot can happen in soccer in a limited time. Tomorrow, the next round isn’t coming. We must respect the fact they have great players.
“They beat us 4-0… so I’m surely not going to stand here and talk Person United down.
“It is going to be a rough game, and also the beauty of that which we did on Wednesday night was make the game look pretty straightforward.
“But these matches could be hard and I had rather, by a space and never not watched the game, give Rochdale charge for taking them all the way. Man United will deliver a strong team .”
Ross Barkley opened the scoring for Chelsea after just four minutes, until Michy Batshuayi’s brace, Pedro’s penalty, Kurt Zouma, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi finished the rout.
But the bigger picture was Lampard handing debuts to four academy graduates as well as a very first launch for Billy Gilmour.
Gilmour was a stand-out performer in midfield and fellow rookies James and Marc Guehi too impressed, while there was a welcome return for England winger Hudson-Odoi, his first appearance since picking up an Achilles injury in April.
After Lampard sent on two debutants as replacements, Tino Anjorin along with Ian Maatsen, the Blues ended the night with six academy starlets around the pitch.
“I am happy some gamers who haven’t been playing so many minutes played, there were several debuts, and the young lads who arrived on improved the team which was nice,” Lampard added.
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