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Ruthless Lampard in mood to crush Portsmouth

Frank Lampard has said Chelsea must ruin relegated Portsmouth's hopes of a fairytale end to their dismal season with a ruthless performance which would secure the Blues a place in the history books.

Victory over Avram Grant's Pompey side in the FA Cup final at Wembley would see Chelsea become only the seventh side in the history of the game to achieve the coveted domestic double.

Chelsea were crowned champions of the Premier League and it could get even better for Carlo Ancelotti and his side if they can overcome Portsmouth today.

“We don't want it to be a fairytale that goes all the way for Portsmouth, we have to be ruthless how we approach the game,” said Lampard. “To win the league was a huge thing for us last week. We got that job done but we knew the season wasn't over.

“We saw Portsmouth against Tottenham in the semi-final and we've seen them have a very spirited end to the season, even with the difficult circumstances.

“What better way to go to the World Cup than having done the double? It's very exciting for all the players here who are going to the World Cup, regardless of their country.

“But I would hate to go there having missed out on the double. Mentally if I went away and we'd lost that would be the freshest thing in the mind and it would be horrible.

“We are determined to finish the job and it won't be as easy as some people have made out. I also have a lot of sympathy with Portsmouth. I think they've handled themselves very well, particularly Avram Grant, who we know really well and have a lot of respect for. “He's handled himself brilliantly and everyone has seen that.”

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