Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists Manchester United can still make the Premier League top four and qualify for the Champions League even if they slip to nine points behind the Blues this evening.
Lampard’s men host the Red Devils in a crunch clash this evening as both sides mark their return from the winter break.
And a win at Stamford Bridge would go a long way in guaranteeing Champions League football for Chelsea once again, especially with Manchester City’s ban likely meaning fifth place will also be granted a space in next season’s competition.
However, even if the Blues do come out on top, Lampard insists it is all still to play for with 12 games still to play.
“No, not on nine points,” Lampard said when asked if their top four hopes would be over.
“Not at this time with the amount of points to play for and the way the Premier League is, certainly not.”
Lampard also opened up on how much he and his players discuss league positioning, insisting he is desperate to land fourth place in his first season in charge.
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“I would do at certain times,” he continued. |I don’t think you should speak about it too much, because you end up with your eyes everywhere, up and down the table and around yourself.
“And we can only affect ourselves first and foremost. But I don’t think it’s the worst motivational tool for all of us to really understand the situation.
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“Because I have a deep sense of pride about wanting to get fourth place, and I remember having that as a player, we were fighting for first and second place for a good period when I was here and that’s how you should be.
“So I don’t mind referencing that to the players, I look at the league table probably two or three times a day sometimes. You can become obsessed with it, but that’s for me…