Frank Lampard gave Chelsea his backing to have real success in Europe this season, despite all the hype surrounding Manchester United and Manchester City.

The Blues are currently top of Group C and host Roma on Wednesday evening after having beaten Atletico Madrid in very impressive fashion in their previous match.

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The Chelsea legend, speaking on BT Sport, believes that not only can Antonio Conte’s “first XI rival anybody”, but the way the team plays could be more conducive to success in the Champions League this season than their Premier League rivals.

“Manchester City and Manchester United have both got really strong squads but Chelsea’s first XI can rival anybody. Manchester City are playing incredibly at the moment, as we all know.

“But I think the way Chelsea set up to go away in Europe and get results, which you have to do, especially in the latter stages – they have a really strong, organised team that can go and do the job like they did at Atletico.

“If they lose crucial players it will be tougher. But I do believe if they have a fit squad, they have a great chance of going far in Europe.

“It might be a focus at the end of the season if the title is out of reach.

“To consolidate league-wise and concentrate on getting top four, which is massive for Chelsea obviously, and maybe have a real run at the Champions League.”

Just what every Chelsea fan wanted to hear from the club legend, but not every fan agreed…

Suddenly things are looking up for English football.