Lampard’s honest reaction to Chelsea drawing Atletico Madrid in Champions League

Frank Lampard thinks that Chelsea have got the toughest draw they could have faced having been paired with Atletico Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League.

The Londoners will take on Diego Simeone’s side in the New Year, with the Spaniards having beaten reigning champions Liverpool at this stage last season.

Recalling that game, Lampard says his side are in for a tough time.

“I think most people will say it’s the toughest draw we could’ve had when you go on current form, how they’re doing in La Liga, European experience, quality of the team and players, I think most people would say that,” said Lampard at his press conference on Monday.

“On the other hand I think all draws are difficult in the Champions League.

“We have to have belief in ourselves when that game comes round.

Atletico reached the quarter-finals last season

“We’re going to have to try to beat these sort of teams if we want to win the Champions League, so it is what it is.

“I’m saying any draw would be tough I just think if you look they are top of La Liga.

“I watched them knock Liverpool out last year, who are obviously a great team and they have that experience and quality in their squad.

“So I think most people would say they were certainly one of the toughest teams we could’ve got on paper.

Lampard says his side have been given the toughest draw

“We’ll just have to turn up and do our job and be confident we can beat them.”

Champions League last-16 draw in full

Borussia Monchengladbach v Manchester City

Lazio v Bayern Munich

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea

RB Leipzig v Liverpool

Porto v Juventus

Barcelona v Paris St-Germain

Sevilla v Borussia Dortmund

Atalanta v Real Madrid

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