Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes home advantage may be critical in his side’s Carabao Cup fourth-round associate with Manchester United, but is cautious of bettering their out-of-form opponents.
Chelsea thrashed Grimsby 7-1 on Tuesday Wednesday to provide Lampard his first victory at Stamford Bridge since taking control in July at the club where he spent the majority of his acting career.
United, who have won just once in the league since beating Chelsea 4-0 on the opening weekend of this season, fought to a penalty-shootout victory over League One Rochdale at Old Trafford.
“I was just viewing the penalties. It is a major attraction, two big teams and I’m happy we’re in your home. We are going to see,” Lampard said of the tie, which will occur on the week beginning October 28.
“I feel a lot can happen in football in a limited moment. The next round is not coming tomorrow. We have to respect the fact that they have good players.
“They beat us 4-0… so I’m certainly not going to stand here and talk Individual United down.
“It is going to be a challenging game, and also the attractiveness of what we did Wednesday night could make the sport seem pretty simple.
“But these games could be tough and I had preferably, by a distance and having not watched the match, provide Rochdale credit for taking them all the way. Man United will deliver a strong team .”
Ross Barkley started 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.
However, the larger image was Lampard handing debuts into four academy graduates as well as a very first launch for Billy Gilmour.
Gilmour was a mythical celebrity in midfield and fellow rookies James and Marc Guehi too impressed, although 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 about the pitch.
“I am happy some gamers who have not been playing a lot of minutes played, there were some debuts, and the young lads who arrived on improved the team that was nice,” Lampard added.
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