Top-4 chase is in Chelsea’s hands -Lampard


With Chelsea in an intense battle for a Champions League spot for next season, manager Frank Lampard has warned his team that it is all in their hands not to slip up at the crucial moments.

Speaking yesterday, the 42-year-old said: “It (pressure) ramps up game by game. I enjoy it. That’s what we’re in it for, what it’s all about.

“The position we’re in means a lot is in our own hands. That’s the main thing. We need to get everything right that we can control. We need to handle the pressure.”

The Blues, before yesterday’s match are in fourth place on 57 points, two above Manchester United and just one behind Leicester, who travel to Arsenal today.

With five games left and all to play for, the pressure is high, especially with a tight schedule.

But the positive thing about having back-to-back matches is that teams can bounce back quickly and not risk losing momentum.

The Blues have demonstrated just that, winning 3-0 at Watford on Saturday following a surprise 3-2 defeat at West Ham last Wednesday.

Lampard’s men were on a three-match winning run in all competitions following the coronavirus hiatus, and barring the West Ham loss, they are showing the consistency they need to finish in the top four.


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