The international is the contest’s joint-leading scorer this year with ten.

Chelsea director Frank Lampard says he is unconcerned by the threat of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in advance of their Champions League meeting.

The Blues host the Bundesliga leaders on Tuesday night in their round of 16 first-leg experience, together with the return fixture in Allianz Arena coming next month.

The Germans head in the match as the top-scoring side in the competition this year, having scored 24 goals in their six group matches, with seven of those coming the last time they visited London at a 7-2 over Tottenham Hotspur.

And striker Lewandowski currently has ten for the effort, level with Borussia Dortmund forwards Erling Haaland, with eight of those coming for preceding side RB Salzburg.

The Polish forward netted on the first five matchdays, together with his four against Red Star Belgrade in November coming in a competition-record 16 minutes. The 31-year-old is fifth in the Champions League all-time high scoring standings with 63, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Raul and Karim Benzema.

Regardless of the striker’s strong presence in front of goal, Lampard remains confident his side can see out the danger.

“It does not disturb me,” Lampard said in his pre-match media conference.

“He has been so consistent for ages. His goalscoring record, everything about him from a distance is top class. I have watched quite a lot of and that shines through.

“He is the spearhead, but they have a good deal of threats. The amounts must go up in the knockout stages. The amounts must go up everywhere.”

Bayern head to the match sitting top of the Bundesliga, using their Polish striker top of the goalscoring charts with 25 goals. However, their focus turns to European actions, where they are the only side to have collected maximum points in this year’s group stage.

And when asked if the side could go on to win the contest, Lampard responded: “Yes, for sure. The unity and talent – they’re top of the Bundesliga for a reason.

“It is a club which overcomes difficulties due to the strength, the construction. I have enormous respect for them. Each year they can win the Champions League but our job is to attempt to stop them.”

 

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