Chelsea season depends on Capital One Cup, warns Lampard

Frank Lampard has told his Chelsea teammates that Wednesday evening’s Capital One Cup match against Leeds United is a make or break match, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Lampard believes that if Chelsea can see off the Championship side and reach the semi-finals of the League Cup, then they will have put behind them the disappointment of losing in the final of the Club World Cup to Corinthians. And Lampard added that Chelsea should not turn up at Elland Road and expect to simply walk over Neil Warnock’s side.

We have to pick it up for Leeds and then get our form back at home. We got a result against Sunderland before we went out to Japan and it’s very important that we do our stuff, not just with Leeds but the Premier League games over Christmas,” Lampard said.

He continued: “If we win at Leeds we’ll be in the semi-final and with the possibility of a decent draw, but we’ve got to win the games. It’s tough to go to Elland Road. There’s a rivalry. We’re aware of it and we have to play with passion and do the physical side of things because they’re going to be right at it,

We can’t expect to go up there and tap it around and get a result. We have to do both sides.

Leeds and Chelsea have not met since 2004, the year the Yorkshire side were relegated from the Premier League. In the final game of the 2003/04 season an already-relegated Leeds side were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in what proved to be Claudio Ranieri’s final match as Chelsea manager, the only goal of the game coming from Jesper Gronkjaer.

The only players from either side still at the same club are Lampard and John Terry, who will miss this week’s meeting through injury.

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