John Terry is backing former team-mate Frank Lampard to guide Chelsea to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League this season.
Lampard suffered another setback in the Blues hot-seat on Monday night, slumping to a third defeat of the season against top-four rivals Manchester United.
In a game marred by controversy, Anthony Martial first headed United in front, before Kurt Zouma saw an equaliser ruled out by VAR.
Cesar Azpilicueta was judged to have pushed Luke Shaw in the buildup to Zouma’s strike, despite replays appearing to show Fred pushing the Spaniard first.
Harry Maguire then added United’s second of the night, yet Lampard felt the £80m defender should have been sent off earlier in the game for kicking out at Michy Batshuayi.
And to rub salt in the wounds for the Chelsea manager, with 13 minutes remaining he was again denied by VAR, which deemed Olivier Giroud to be offside when he headed past David de Gea.
The Blues were beaten 2-0 by United at Stamford Bridge
The Blues now sit just one point clear of Tottenham in fourth place, two in front of Sheffield United and three ahead of United in what is proving a fascinating top-four battle – with Spurs up next for Lampard and co at the Bridge this Saturday.
Yet former captain Terry believes his old side have what it takes to shift into another gear and make fourth spot their own.
But Terry is backing good friend Frank Lampard to steer his old club to a fourth-place finish
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“It begins with Spurs at the weekend at home. It’s the perfect game to come and respond if you are a Chelsea supporter or player,” he said.
“They are probably our biggest rivals, a local derby. Stamford Bridge will be rocking it’s a big opportunity for players to go and show what this fixture means, show they want to fight for the shirt.
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