Lampard wary of Leeds

Published: Dec 19, 2012, 08:29 IST | AFP |

Frank Lampard has warned Chelsea's foreign legion not to underestimate Leeds as the old enemies prepare to renew their long and bitter rivalry in the League Cup quarter-finals

Lampard is one of the few players in Rafael Benitez’s squad with experience of the bitter nature of clashes between Chelsea and Leeds as the clubs haven’t met since 2004.

Frank Lampard

And the England midfielder has been quick to point out to Chelsea’s numerous overseas signings that a visit to Elland Road on Wednesday is more than just any old fixture.

“There’s a rivalry, we’re aware of it and we have to play on the pitch with passion and do the physical side of things up there, 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,” Lampard said.

Spain winger Juan Mata added: “Lampard told me about the rivalry. They are always difficult games, competitive between supporters. We just want to play and, if it is possible, to win.” 

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