London - Frank Lampard said Chelsea's transfer embargo did not force his hand to play young forward Tammy Abraham, who has surged to the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts.
Abraham, 21, hit a hat-trick against Wolves on Saturday to take his Premier League tally to seven for the season, level with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.
Lampard, who lifted the Champions League as a Chelsea player in 2012, said: "I'll be proud to do it. I had multiple incredible nights in the Champions League -- and some bad ones -- and it is the ultimate in club football for me."
"We are going up against a quality team. But in my experience of moments like this, when there is an issue as collective, as a team, as a group against the media or the outside world, generally it makes the group tighter.