Enzo Fernandez reveals Frank Lampard’s plans at Chelsea vs Real Madrid

Enzo Fernandez reveals Frank Lampard’s plans at Chelsea vs Real Madrid

When you arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu, you can’t help but notice that it’s a work in progress.

The storied stadium stands out among the turmoil of Madrid’s main highways for periods of silence in its shadows, which extend deeper due to a walled border.

This also indicates that the stadium is undergoing extensive renovations, with completion expected in 2023.

While the Bernabeu began its facelift in 2019, Chelsea completed it in less than a year.

Enzo Fernandez reveals Frank Lampard's plans at Chelsea vs Real Madrid
Enzo Fernandez reveals Frank Lampard’s plans at Chelsea vs Real Madrid

Changes behind the scenes, £600 million in transactions, and N’Golo Kante has had enough managerial changes.

If he plays against the La Liga side on Wednesday night, he will play four consecutive games under four different coaches.

Frank Lampard was due for his first Champions League press conference since being designated caretaker manager just over 24 hours before the game.

He reopened his account with a loss to Wolves, but a new test awaits him in the Spanish capital.

As you walk into the depths of the ground, you become aware of Real Madrid’s profile.

The press room is larger, more comfortable, and more glamorous than any Premier League competitor.

They cater to their size and hope to be successful in order to maintain their demand.

Lampard couldn’t help but smile as he spoke of the honor of presiding over a game versus Real Madrid.

He refused to compare this season to his own Champions League triumph in 2012.

 Enzo Fernandez, however, disclosed 20 minutes later that the Chelsea manager had mentioned the game in his talks with players.

Of course, the World Cup winner represents a large chunk of Chelsea’s rebuild, having cost a record fee in excess of £100 million.

Enzo Fernandez reveals Frank Lampard's plans at Chelsea vs Real Madrid
Enzo Fernandez reveals Frank Lampard’s plans at Chelsea vs Real Madrid

But, despite holding his press conference exclusively in Spanish, Fernandez does not appear to be under any pressure.

He appeared unbothered and unhurried, however, and patiently received translation as the news conference resumed after a faulty start.

It was evident that Spanish journalists were eager to learn about the fear and concern that their side would instill in the opponent.

Across Lampard and Fernandez came queries about the sides’ history.

Real Madrid’s record in the competition, the stadium’s height, and the caliber of players Chelsea would face.

“Afraid, no. We are not afraid,” came a serious reply from Fernandez, who is not afraid to flash a smile.

Chelsea are still constructing their new initiative, but there is no doubt that they have developed an identity over decades.

Trophies and chaos.

There has been plenty of the former this season; Wednesday night will be the first step in determining if the team can continue to dream of the latter.

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Enzo Fernandez reveals Frank Lampard’s plans at Chelsea vs Real Madrid