Frank Lampard has delivered a “cut-throat” warning to his Chelsea squad ahead of their Champions League clash against Sevilla on Tuesday night.
The Blues host the Spanish side in their first Champions League matchday of the season following their 3-3 draw against Southampton on Saturday.
Chelsea spent a lot of money on their squad over the summer with the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell arriving for big money.
Lampard’s side made it through the Champions League group stage last year before being knocked out to Bayern Munich 7-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Lampard said: “The players that were here last year, and talking about the young players particularly in the Bayern Munich games because of the strong opposition, it would have been a learning curve for them.
“That’s the Champions League; it’s the top club competition in world football. They will be better for it; they will want to improve this year in that. We will see how much they have learned.
“Of the players we have brought in, some have more Champions League experience than others.
“We generally have younger players so it’s important we try and make sure we learn any lessons as we go because the Champions League is so cut-throat.
“You have to have absolute focus because of the level of teams you’re playing, and particularly as we start against Sevilla.”