Saturday 20 January 2018

Video: Final displays will decide our season -- Lampard

Ben Rumsby

Frank Lampard has warned Chelsea's spectacular resurgence under Roberto Di Matteo would mean nothing if they lost both the FA Cup and Champions League finals.

Chelsea were given a reality check on Wednesday night when they lost to Newcastle to all but end their hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four and midfielder Lampard issued another yesterday ahead of today's FA Cup final.

"Normally, we'd be fighting in the league right until the end," he said.

"Now we're not, the cups are obviously more important. We're very much of the understanding that if we get to two finals and lose them, we still end up in the same boat as if you'd lost earlier on in the rounds. So, it's very important now and a critical part."

"Maybe it's enjoyable that we're stepping out there when we didn't expect to. But, at the same time, it's a final, I've been there before and the only thing important about finals is trying to win them."

Lampard believes his team-mates -- John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles -- who will be suspended for the Champions League final will be extra-motivated to win today.

"If they can't take part in one then they're going to throw everything into this one," he said.

The final clash with Liverpool renews a fierce cup rivalry dating back to Jose Mourinho's time in charge of Chelsea.

Lampard said: "We had a section of years where we played in the Champions League a lot and League Cups and everything. That did grow a rivalry between the players and the fans. They're full-blooded and I'm sure the final will be the same."

Irish Independent

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