No Chelsea penalty practice for Europa League final, reveals Lampard

Chelsea have not practiced penalties ahead of the Europa League final, Frank Lampard has said, despite the Blues winning the Champions League in a shootout last season and Rafael Benitez needing spot kicks to claim the same trophy when Liverpool manager, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Benfica are the opposition for Chelsea in Amsterdam on Wednesday evening but Lampard, who recently became the club’s all-time top scorer with a brace of goals against Aston Villa on Saturday, confirmed Benitez had not instructed his side to practice converting from 12 yards.

Lampard added that while Chelsea did practice penalties last season ahead of the Champions League final – which saw Didier Drogba converting the crucial kick in his last act as a Chelsea player – he has routinely practiced penalties with England and seen little reward for the team’s efforts.

He continued: “It is down to the individual. Some people like to practise, but Michael Ballack never practised a penalty when he was here and he was one of the best penalty-takers I have played with.

Lampard is expected to captain Chelsea against their Portuguese opposition as John Terry is considered unlikely to feature, having picked up an ankle injury in the win over Villa. It will be the second consecutive European final Terry has missed, having been unavailable for the Champions League showpiece a year ago due to suspension.

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