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Super Cup glory would be a huge boost for Chelsea: Lampard

Trophy aim: Frank Lampard is keen to get his reign going
Trophy aim: Frank Lampard is keen to get his reign going

By Simon Peach

Frank Lampard is determined to secure his first win as Chelsea manager and finally lift the Uefa Super Cup - although fresh doubts over N'Golo Kante hardly provide the ideal preparation.

Just days after his first match in charge ended in a galling 4-0 defeat at Manchester United, the Blues' all-time top scorer will attempt to mastermind victory against Jurgen Klopp's Reds in Istanbul tonight.

Chelsea secured their place in the Turkey showpiece by winning the Europa League under Maurizio Sarri and successor Lampard is looking to finally taste Super Cup glory after twice going close during his playing days.

"It means a lot to the club," the Blues boss said. "I know first-hand because we lost two!

"We lost to Atletico Madrid in poor circumstances and we were far, far off.

"We were unfortunate to lose to Bayern Munich. When you work hard to get into this game between two champions, it is important that at a club like Chelsea we give everything to win it.

"It does mean something. It means something to us as a club because it is another trophy.

"And it would be a really nice start for me personally, but more than that a really good feeling for the players with the season coming up that we can compete with Liverpool.

"If we could win a cup that goes down in our history we can go on from there. Certainly we understand the importance of it."

Chances of victory could well be hampered by the absence of Kante, who 11 weeks ago somehow overcame a knee injury to play the entirety of the 4-1 Europa League final win against Arsenal in Baku.

That issue has led to a disrupted pre-season for the France international, who has picked up a fresh knock after coming off the bench at Old Trafford on Sunday.

"The selection of N'Golo Kante on the bench was purely because he had an injury which caused him to miss a big part of pre-season and his off-season because he was injured throughout," Lampard said.

• Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban despite admitting to breaching regulations relating to the international transfer and registration of under-18 players.

The Premier League champions have instead been fined 370,000 Swiss francs (£314,650) by FIFA after breaching article 19, among others, of the world governing body's regulations on the status and transfer of players.

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