With Chelsea’s defeat at old Trafford by Manchester United on Sunday, fans and lovers of football have expressed pessimism over tomorrows UEFA Super cup, between Chelsea and Liverpool.
However, with the words of Chelsea’s manager, Frank Lampard, who challenged his players to give in their best, might actually turns out better for the team.
Lampard had in one of his closed door meetings, urged his players to win the game. His words, “We need to be absolutely ready. “It’s a cup that the club desperately wants to win. I’ve never won it, a lot of players in there have never won it, so we have to give it everything.
“Going up against the team with the quality of Liverpool in a final is as tense as finals can be.
“You can lose finals; they’re very tough. But what you cannot do is lose it on the premise that we weren’t prepared, or we didn’t have that hunger or desire or everything you need to try and win a game of this magnitude.
“It’s going to be one of my first competitive games as manager of this club.
“Every player in there needs to be aware of the importance of the game to this club and we have to give everything, because it’s going to be tough.
“It’s going to be tough, but we cannot walk off the pitch and think, ‘Oh, we could’ve done that’ or ‘We missed that opportunity’ or ‘We weren’t quite ready’ or make any excuses for ourselves.”
Jurgen Klopp however was not left out as he advised Liverpool to “stay greedy” as they look to build on last season’s Champions League triumph.
His words, “Stay greedy. That’s very important – I have no doubt about that, but it’s clear that we have to do that.
“After the (Champions League) final we had about four weeks where everybody was (patting us on the back) and it was brilliant wherever we went.
“It’s just nice, but in a different world things like this can soften you and it can take the power out of you a bit. We are not like this, but it’s a fact that it could happen.
“We only have to do the same again, and with a couple of things we maybe didn’t do too well, we have to do better.
“Knowing that something works out helps you to believe that it’ll work out again, 100 per cent.
“That helps when I try to convince the boys that (anything is) possible. Thank God I’m not the only one in the dressing room who thinks that these things are possible, and that helps a lot.”
Recent winners of the UEFA Super Cup before European champions Liverpool and Europa League winners Chelsea meet in the 2019 match in Istanbul on Wednesday: