Champions League: Frank Lampard claims Chelsea handed toughest draw against Atletico Madrid

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Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard admits that his side’s draw against Atletico Madrid in the knockout stage of the Champions League is the toughest of them all.

Chelsea topped their group but were not handed much of a reward after being paired with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid – quarter-finalists last year and currently level on points with the leaders in La Liga – in the last 16.

Lampard said:

‘It’s a very difficult draw for sure, but we must set our sights as high as we can.

‘If you’re going to win this competition then you have to beat those sort of teams. You cannot win a competition of that level if you don’t believe in yourselves.’

Under Simeone, Atletico have earned a reputation for being one of the most dogged and disciplined sides in Europe.

Lampard added:

‘I like a team which is the image of their manager. When you watch them, you understand the way they play. You could watch them on TV, turn the colour off and you would still understand that Atletico Madrid are playing.’