Chelsea booked their position within the all-English stumble upon by means of distinctive feature of profitable the Europa League, whilst Liverpool’s Champions League triumph secured their spot in Istanbul.
Van Dijk – the sector’s costliest defender sooner than Harry Maguire’s £80million transfer to Manchester United – used to be enormous in Liverpool’s good fortune in Europe remaining season. He used to be additionally topped PFA Player of the Year for his exceptional performances around the Premier League marketing campaign.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday evening’s fit, Pedro positioned Van Dijk a few of the international’s easiest and likened the Dutchman to Spain team-mate Ramos.
‘They are very good central defenders, probably at this time at the top,’ the Chelsea winger mentioned.
‘Sergio Ramos is excellent. I do know him rather well: nice defender, nice with the ball.
‘Van Dijk may be the similar: so robust, excellent within the air, rankings objectives. Two large gamers.
‘He’s in a just right second. Last season with Liverpool, he had a perfect season profitable the Champions League and the most efficient participant within the Premier League. He’s in a just right second and he’s a just right defender.’.
Jurgen Klopp is taking a look ahead to sharing the touchline with Frank Lampard for the primary time on the Besiktas Park.
Despite Chelsea’s 4-Zero hammering by the hands of Manchester United on the weekend, the German believes Lampard will ‘100 per cent’ be triumphant at Stamford Bridge.
‘If people really think Chelsea are not a real challenger, I can’t lend a hand those other people,’ Klopp mentioned.
‘You most effective have to watch that staff and what they’ve – they’re in point of fact robust, younger and contemporary and the entirety is thrilling within the second as a result of Frank is there new, the membership legend, [and can] make himself a reputation as a supervisor, which is able to occur 100 in keeping with cent.
‘You could see that immediately when he took over at Derby and now doing the job at Chelsea, so it will be really interesting.’
Lampard is decided pop out on best on Wednesday night after two Super Cup defeats as a participant at Chelsea.
‘It means a lot to the club,’ the previous Chelsea and England midfielder mentioned.
‘I misplaced two, one in deficient instances, having received the Champions League and we have been a long way off that sport towards Atletico Madrid.
‘We lost in Munich unfortunately, I believe. ‘It is important to give everything to win it. It is another trophy for the club. But for the feeling that we can compete with Liverpool and go from there.’