England midfield player leads the Blues in place of the injured Terry.
Stand-in Chelsea captain Frank Lampard has revealed that the Blues have not practised penalties going into Wednesday night’s Europa League final against Benfica in the Netherlands, reports the Daily Mirror.
The west London club were crowned champions of Europe this time last year after overcoming Bayern Munich on penalties in the final of the Uefa Champions League.
Meanwhile, ‘interim’ Chelsea head coach Rafa Benitez has also enjoyed plenty of success down the years via spot kicks, including winning both the 2005 European Cup and the 2006 FA Cup finals via penalty shootouts while in charge of Liverpool.
However Lampard, who will captain Chelsea against the Portuguese giants in the Amsterdam ArenA in place of the injured John Terry, claims that he and his Blues team-mates have not practised penalties in training ahead of the show-piece event in the Dutch capital.
And the veteran England international, 34, was quick to point out that even practising penalties while on international duty did not prove successful when it came to the real thing.
“We haven’t practised yet and I don’t think we will.
“A year ago we practised them and took penalties against each of the four goalies we had. We all took them then and we won.
“But then again, I practised them with England many a time in tournaments and we ended up losing the shoot-out, so I don’t think there is any perfect recipe.
“It is down to the individual. Some people like to practise, but Michael Ballack never practised a penalty when he was here and he was one of the best penalty-takers I have played with.”