UEFA Super Cup: No excuses if Chelsea fails to beat Liverpool, says Frank Lampard

Chelsea needs to be "absolutely ready" if they are to overcome Liverpool in Istanbul this week, according to Frank Lampard

Lampard has been on the losing side twice as a Chelsea player in Super Cup finals [against Atletico Madrid in 2012 and Bayern Munich in 2013] and says his side will be "giving everything" to defeat its domestic rivals.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Frank Lampard says Chelsea is desperate to win the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool on Wednesday and will accept "no excuses" if his team fails to get its hands on the trophy.

Lampard's reign as Chelsea boss got off to a disappointing start on Sunday, with the Blues slipping to a heavy 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in its Premier League opener.

It has an immediate chance to bounce back, however, when it takes on Jurgen Klopp's Champions League winners in Istanbul.

UEFA Super Cup: Liverpool seeks more silverware as Lampard eyes boost

Lampard has been on the losing side twice as a Chelsea player in Super Cup finals [against Atletico Madrid in 2012 and Bayern Munich in 2013] and says his side will be "giving everything" to defeat its domestic rivals.

"I've had two great examples of a really important game that you don't win in two different ways and it makes you more determined to win it," he told UEFA.com.

"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."