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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 increases 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 £ m and it does not 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. “
Asked whether he discusses league-table scenarios with his players, Lampard continued:” I would do at certain times, 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.