Lampard said he has watched a lot of Valencia matches in La Liga as well as the Champions League
‘I expect a very organised team, a team with quality in attacking areas, the two strikers and the wide players they have. My feeling having played at this stadium, it’s not just this team, it’s the support and the atmosphere when they come together and they’re playing well, it’s a difficult game for everybody. I expect a difficult match.
‘Champions League games can be a battle in midfield, they can be tight, they can be difficult, but you have to be clinical in both boxes, particularly when there is so much at stake and the match is tight.’
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Toni Rudiger haven’t travelled but Lampard had good news on them
‘Callum Hudson-Odoi is not available. He has been getting better through the week so hopefully he will be for the weekend.
‘Toni Rudiger thankfully now we’re talking match fitness as opposed to the injury itself. He is training hard and it will be more days and weeks as opposed to months as it has been.’
Lampard also commented on Ross Barkley, another who has not made the trip and has been in the news recently
‘There are two separate issues. One is the headlines this week. Ross knows how I felt about the first headline. I backed him then, and I still back him now.
‘He showed a moment of a lack of professionalism as far as I’m concerned. I don’t want to be a pure dictator and come down hard, because I understand all my players are humans and have lives. It’s not a terrible thing he’s done.
‘All Ross needs to do now, he’s had an injury which he is still kind of carrying, he has to work his way back in. He has to train well and I certainly don’t hold anything against my players. I like Ross, and I think it is something where he needs to show all his reactions on the pitch.’