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By PA Media
Last Updated: 16/02/20 11:16pm
Frank Lampard’s side have the chance to cement fourth place with a win over Manchester United
Frank Lampard has refused to accept Chelsea can kill off Manchester United’s Champions League aspirations on Monday night.
Fourth-placed Chelsea can open up a nine-point Premier League lead on ninth-placed United with victory at Stamford Bridge, live on Sky Sports.
But not even that sizeable advantage would be enough for Blues boss Lampard to believe United would be out of the top-four running.
When asked if United’s top-four hopes would be over with defeat on Monday, Lampard said: “No, not on nine points. Not at this time with the amount of points to play for and the way the Premier League is, certainly not.”
Sheffield United, Wolves and Everton all sit between Chelsea and United in the table, with Lampard admitting the Premier League’s increasing financial might has altered the top-four equation.
Lampard wants Chelsea to reverse the opening day defeat to Manchester United
“It’s tougher, in terms of picking up points as you can see,” said Lampard. “It’s just a changing of the Premier League slightly, teams now can invest a lot of money.
“Teams can get promoted to the Premier League and spend £100m and it doesn’t guarantee success.
“That’s the kind of challenge we are talking about but challenges are a good thing, and it’s a challenge for us.”