While Manchester City may be hogging the limelight at present, Frank Lampard is confident that Chelsea can go furthest out of all the English teams in this year’s Champions League.
Following two successive wins over Qarabag and Atletico Madrid, Antonio Conte’s side face Roma at Stamford Bridge tonight and a win would put them in an excellent position at the halfway stage of the group.
With all five Premier League clubs starting well in Europe this season, Lampard feels Chelsea’s starting XI could prove key come the latter stages of the competition.
However, he feels that injuries to key personnel will determine how far the Blues go in the competition.
“Manchester City and Manchester United have both got really strong squads but Chelsea’s first XI can rival anybody,” Lampard told BT Sport.
“Manchester City are playing incredibly at the moment, as we all know.
“But I think the way Chelsea set up to go away in Europe and get results, which you have to do, especially in the latter stages – they have a really strong, organised team that can go and do the job like they did at Atletico.
“If they lose crucial players it will be tougher. But I do believe if they have a fit squad, they have a great chance of going as far in Europe as any of the English teams.”