Chelsea boss 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 competitions.
Chelsea thrashed Grimsby 7-1 on Tuesday Wednesday to give Lampard his initial victory at Stamford Bridge since taking control in July at the club in which 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, struggled to your penalty-shootout victory over League One Rochdale in Old Trafford.
“I was only seeing the penalties. It’s a huge draw, two big teams and I’m happy we’re in your home. We’ll see,” Lampard said of the tie, which will happen on the week beginning October 28.
“I feel a lot could happen in football in a quick moment. Tomorrow, the round isn’t coming. We must respect the fact they have good players.
“They beat us 4-0… so I’m certainly not going to stand here and talk Man United down.
“It is going to be a tough game, and the attractiveness of that which we did in Wednesday night could make the game look pretty simple.
“But these matches can be hard and I had rather, from a distance and having not watched the game, give Rochdale charge for taking them all of the way. Man United will deliver a strong team .”
Ross Barkley opened the scoring for Chelsea after only four minutes, until Michy Batshuayi’s brace, Pedro’s penalty, Kurt Zouma, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi finished the rout.
However, the larger picture was Lampard handing debuts into four academy graduates in addition to a very first launch for Billy Gilmour.
Gilmour was a mythical celebrity 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 delivered on two debutants as replacements, Tino Anjorin along with also Ian Maatsen, the Blues finished the night with six academy starlets over the pitch.
“I am pleased some gamers who haven’t been playing so many minutes playedthere were a few debuts, and the young lads who came on enhanced the team which was fine,” Lampard added.
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