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Lampard says experience not revenge can fire Blues

Frank Lampard says revenge would be a dangerous motive to adopt as Chelsea prepare to face Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. The Blues' 3-2 aggregate win over Fenerbahce in the quarter-finals set up a third last-four meeting with the Reds in four years.

Chelsea lost the previous two matches but this time the return leg will be at Stamford Bridge. Lampard said he hoped that would give his side an advantage as they look to reach the Champions League final for the first time.

"The last two times we played we got knocked out but that will have no bearing on this semi-final," said Lampard. "To go into a game with revenge on your mind is not the right emotion to take into a game. [The] Champions League is very much about keeping your head and concentrating for the whole 90 minutes in both legs.

"I don't think it is about revenge, it is about the golden carrot of getting to the final. I am sure Liverpool will have the same motivation. They are not going to win the league this year and we are still fighting for that. They are fighting all on one front. We will both have a lot of motivation to get there.

"We have had some disappointing moments against them and they are a very accomplished Champions League team. They will have the added benefit of not having to go for it in the league as they look pretty secure in fourth place.

"It will be a tough tie. Maybe going up there first can be a bonus. But it only helps if you get the right result. In modern-day Champions League, the away goal seems to become more and more important. So we have to go there with a positive attitude and try to get an away goal and then bring them back here, which will be different to the last two times we have played them.

"To lose a semi-final is very disappointing but there will be bad nights and you can't win everything. The most important thing is to correct it in the future and hopefully we will get a chance to do that. You know how Liverpool are going to play. They have a very good recipe in Champions League football."

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