Chelsea FC manager Frank Lampard has sent a warning to Manchester United ahead of the League Cup fourth round tie between the sides at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The Blues suffered a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester United in the league opener and that instantly led to question marks whether Lampard was the right person for the job.
However, there have been contrasting fortunes of both clubs since that game and the Blues have undoubtedly benefited the most as they hold a seven-point lead over United in the league standings.
Ahead of the midweek meeting, the Blues are on a seven-match winning streak across all competitions and Lampard has warned United that the team won’t take the game lightly even if there are changes to the starting 11.
“I won’t take this game lightly even if I make changes. [The 4-0 defeat to United] feels a million miles away but I’m not disregarding it. They hurt us four times in a game we played particularly well in,” he told Sky Sports.
Chelsea are undoubtedly favourites for this encounter but they need to be wary of the counter-attack which proved their downfall during the season opener at Old Trafford.
The return of Anthony Martial has provided a different attacking dimension for the Red Devils and his link-up play with Marcus Rashford is something which the Blues defence need to disrupt.