Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Lampard - Title dream still alive

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard claims Chelsea can follow their dramatic turnaround against Manchester United with a sensational comeback in the Barclays Premier League title race.

Chelsea dented United's hopes of deposing them as champions and kept their own paper-thin hopes of retaining their crown alive after coming from behind at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. The controversial win moved them back into the top four and cut the gap to their opponents to 12 points.

Lampard, who scored the winner from the penalty spot, refused to get carried away with the victory, saying: "United have enough experience to know it is a marathon and there is a long way to go. But we don't really care about anyone else. If we keep winning all our games, we'll be in with a shout."

He added: "It was important for ourselves to win this for our own confidence but there is still a big gap between ourselves and United.

"Statements don't matter unless they're backed up. We need to go on from here.

"We normally go on a late run at this time of the season and that is what we hope to do now.

"If we don't get a result in our next game, against Blackpool, then this will mean nothing.

"The old cliche of every game as it comes has never been so important for us. We can't get ahead of ourselves.

"It was important to win a big match again and, in the second half, there was a little of the old Chelsea in there; you could see the power in the team, the commitment and the strength."

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