Lampard gives verdict on Chelsea facing Atletico Madrid in the Champions League
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Lampard gives verdict on Chelsea facing Atletico Madrid in the Champions League

Frank Lampard has highlighted the challenge that awaits his Chelsea side in the Round of 16 of the Champions League following Monday's draw. 

The Blues were paired with Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid, who are flying in Laliga following a near-perfect start to the season. 

Lampard spoke on Monday afternoon ahead of Tuesday night's Premier League clash against Wolves, even though he was quick to point out that at this stage of the competition, there are no 'weak teams'. 

"I think most people will say it is the toughest draw we could have had when you go on current form, how they are doing in La Liga, European experience and the quality of the team and players,"

"On the other hand, all draws are difficult in the Champions League. We have to have believe in ourselves and when that game comes around, you have to try to beat these sort of teams if you are going to win the Champions League, so it is what it is."

This will be the second year running the Spanish side takes on an English club, having knocked out Liverpool in last season's competition, and Lampard remembers this. 

"I watched them knock Liverpool out last year and they are obviously a great team," added Lampard, "and they have that experience and they have quality in their squad, so I think most people would say they are certainly one of the toughest teams we could have drawn on paper but we’ll have to turn up and do our job and be confident we can beat them,"

The round of 16 first legs are scheduled for 16/17/23/24 February, with the second legs on 9/10/16/17 March.