Chelsea: Should Lampard be given more time to succeed?
This will be the first-ever meeting between Chelsea and Morecambe. The Blues head into the FA Cup clash bidding to hit back to form after last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat at hands of Manchester City. In a competition known for producing upsets, Frank Lampard insists his side must respect their League Two opponents.
“It certainly isn’t a foregone conclusion,” said the Chelsea manager.
“No matter form, no matter team, no matter status, the FA Cup has a magic that has been there forever, which means that underdogs will turn up, try to win, make things difficult for you.
“Considering our current form, we need to be even more on-guard.
“We just have to worry about ourselves and get ourselves playing well, because if we play well and we do our job right then I believe we will win the game.
“We have to respect Morecambe and we have to respect the FA Cup.”
Morecambe boss Derek Adams plans to draw on previous giant-killing experience when his side heads to Stamford Bridge.
Adams was in charge of Ross County in 2010 when reached the final of the Scottish Cup, knocking out shocking Celtic 2-0 in the last four.
“I think experiences like that are very helpful: going into the game you understand the game that’s in front of you, you understand the opposition,” said Adams.
“The experiences I’ve had in the past, you always draw on, because you go back and you think how did you deal with this situation, and there’s no doubt that I’ll do that for this game.
“So we’ll speak about that collectively.
“In the past I’ve had to go to Hampden and play against Celtic when I was in the first division with Ross County: we beat them 2-0 on the day in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup to reach the final.”
What time does Chelsea vs Morecambe kick-off?
The FA Cup clash kicks off at 1.30pm GMT on Sunday, January 10.
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What TV channel is Chelsea vs Morecambe on?
The FA Cup tie will not be shown on a traditional TV channel in the UK.
How to live stream Chelsea vs Morecambe?
The match will be shown live via the BBC iPlayer app and on the website.
Chelsea vs Morecambe match officials
Referee: Darren England
Assistant Referees: Constantine Hatzidakis and Matthew Jones
Fourth Official: James Linington
VAR: Jonathan Moss
AVAR: Daniel Robathan
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