Head Coach Frank Lampard, club captain César Azpilicueta and Pedro spoke to the media ahead of tomorrow’s UEFA Super Cup match against Liverpool at the Vodafone Park stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.

Here is the full transcript of what everyone had to say to the media…

FRANK LAMPARD

On the 4-0 defeat to Manchester United –

“In terms of the defeat, you always learn. More than the first 25, 45, 60 mins, we controlled. The clear lesson is that if you make defensive mistakes against good teams it will cost you.

There were lots of good things and that we can improve on them. We need to be much better in not committing errors that bring chances.”

On tomorrow’s game –

“I am optimistic for tomorrow because I believe in the players, I am very proud to be here. But I not the ability of the opposition. I believe in my players.”

On the importance of the UEFA Super Cup to Chelsea –

“The Super Cup means a lot to the club. I lost two, one in poor circumstances, having won the Champions League and we were far off that game. We lost in Munich unfortunately. It’s important to give everything to win it. It is another trophy for the club.

But for the feeling that we can compete with Liverpool and go from there.”

On the latest regarding N’Golo Kanté’s fitness –

“Kante was purely because he had an injury. I am very aware of how important he is. He picked up another small injury in the game, so we are assessing that. I pick the best team to win the game, regardless of age.”

On Mason Mount getting a chance –

“Mount deserves his chance on merit, I won’t fear to play young players. In terms of how we set up, I liked some of our aggressive off the ball work. We have to be adaptable & respect the strengths of our opponents. There may be subtle changes of our approach”

On whether Chelsea approach tomorrow’s game differently to last Sunday’s game –

“There may be subtle changes of our approach.”

On tomorrow’s game being officiated by an-all Female set of officials –

“It’s great news & I am pleased to be part of this history. It has been due. The game has come a long way and I think we were very slow, but we are making that up. I am very pleased, it’s another step in the right direction.”

CÉSAR AZPILICUETA

On the 4-0 defeat to Manchester United –

“Last Sunday we got a tough result. Obviously the first half we controlled the game. I feel like we dominated all parts apart from the result. We had a lot of chances, but at the end we lost 4-0, it was a heavy defeat.

We have to improve what we did wrong. In the first half there were a lot of positives. It is not easy to go to Old Trafford. The only way is to work hard and regroup. We are facing a strong side tomorrow.”

On the importance of the UEFA Super Cup to Chelsea –

“It’s a European trophy. There’s not many chances to be here. We have been here for the third time in the last 8 years. We lost two finals and hopefully this year we can change that and win it. It is good to be involved and a good way to start.”

On tomorrow’s game being officiated by an-all Female set of officials –

“It is very important, but you have to see it as a natural thing. It is the first time, but I am happy to move forward and see the world is improving and in the Women’s World Cup we could see a great World Cup.

This is the only way to move forward. There doesn’t seem to be any problem in that but all we want to see is a good result.”

On Tammy Abraham –

“I know Tammy for a long time from when he was in the academy. I saw him training and on loan saw his improvement. His strength was to be in the Chelsea first team. He got a chance to be here because he deserves it.

He was very close to start very well. Scoring is what strikers live for. We need to keep encouraging him. At this age, the only way he will go is up. We trust in him. A Chelsea striker demands the best level, but I am confident and trust him a lot.

He is a player who has a great talent, work rate and that goal could have helped for the confidence, but I really trust him.”

PEDRO

On tomorrow’s game –

“It is a final, another big game for us and a trophy. It is good for the confidence as well. It will be a difficult game. They are a strong, solid team. We need to read well the game, create chances. It’s a chance to win a trophy for us.”

On what a Super Cup victory would mean to Chelsea –

“It is good when you win a trophy. It is my fourth final here in the Super Cup, I have won the last three but it will be a difficult game for us.”

On the atmosphere currently within the squad –

“The atmosphere in Chelsea is good, with the players. I have more ambition to win this trophy. I am happy to be in another final here. Tomorrow will be another strong game. I think the important is to have the right mentality.”

And that concludes the press conference.

Terry Sazio

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