Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is top class but one of many threats they’ll face in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg.
The Blues host Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge, going in as the underdogs despite home advantage, with the Germans in top form domestically led by their Polish frontman.
“Form of his life means something special with Lewandowski because of how well he has been playing consistently in Europe for many years,” Lampard said.
“His goalscoring record and everything about him from a distance is top class. He is going to be a huge threat.
“He is not the only one but he is the spearhead. We will have to be at our best.”
While Bayern topped their Champions League group with six wins from six matches, Lampard’s side sneaked into second spot in Group H, one point ahead of Ajax Amsterdam.
“There have been games this year when we have been good, we travelled to Ajax and had a fantastic game off the ball, and in the league this year as well,” Lampard said.
“But when you get to the knockout stage of the Champions League against a team as good as Bayern Munich, the levels have to go up everywhere.”
Lampard admitted Olivier Giroud’s display against Spurs, where he opened the scoring, offered food for thought.
“It is a tight turnaround and the effort put in during a London derby against Tottenham was huge, but the way he played was fantastic, not just the goal but the link he had with Mason Mount and Ross Barkley off the ball,” Lampard said.
“The work he did which was huge in the way we defended from the front. I know I can rely on him.
“I’ve got no doubts about starting any of the young players. I trust in all the players who have been part of the squad this year.”