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Chelsea needed to capitalize on Manchester United draw – Lampard

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As the race for the top four in the English Premier League looks to be hotting up tot he last game, Chelsea coach, Frank Lampard said his team needs to take advantage of Manchester United’s draw against Southampton.

Speaking to the press after his team recorded a 1-0 win over Norwich City on Tuesday night, the manager said he is pleased with where his team is at currently, but noted that it will be tough to ensure qualification for Champions League.

Chelsea took advantage of United’s slip at Old Trafford against in-form Saints to maintain their stay in the third position of the log. The got over Daniel DFarke’s already relegated side via a solitary strike from Olivier Giroud in the dearth of the first half at Stamford Bridge.

After emerging victorious in a nervy display, the Blues remains four points clear of Leicester City and Man Utd.

The Red Devils will be ruing their missed opportunity after conceding a 96th minute equalizer to draw 2-2 with Bournemouth on Sunday nigh.

Lampard, who also said that the win over Norwich match was an opportunity to get some breathing space on their rivals for Champions League places appointed out that his players know what is at stake.

“I actually didn’t speak to them about [capitalising] today because I think I have mentioned other games around us.We all saw the game but I don’t think I had to say that to them today.

“We know that when the team around you has a moment like that then you have to capitalise. We failed to do that at other times this season.

“All I wanted to do was make sure we did our job tonight. I felt tonight was about us. We were against a team who has just been relegated. With all respect, here at home if we get our job done at home we get three points and we did do that.”

Chelsea to face Liverpool test

Chelsea’s next match will be a trip to Anfield to play against the newly crowned Liverpool.

The Reds on the other hand are seeking to break Man City’s league points record of 100. Chelsea’s final game will be a home clash against Wolves.

Knowing fully well of the difficult task ahead, Lampard said he is hoping that his lads can stay focused to ensure they finish in the top four.

“When you keep coming up against Liverpool away and Wolves at home – they are just two really good opponents. We just have to focus on one-by-one, prepare right and show the right attitude.

“I thought we showed it today in a way. Those two games will look completely different to what tonight did but rather than talk about bottle, I want to talk about focus and talk about attitude, and then hopefully we have enough to get through but it is going to be tough.”

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