Chelsea manager Frank Lampard claims that not finishing in the top four of the Premier League would not be a disaster prior to the crucial week in the Champions League race
- Chelsea is one more victory away from securing a place in the top four of the Premier League
- Blues boss Frank Lampard says it wouldn’t be a crisis not to hit the top four
- Lampard believes that his side is going in the right direction anyway
- The final two games of The Blues are games against Liverpool and high-flying Wolves
Frank Lampard insists that missing the Champions League qualifying would not be an outright failure, given Chelsea’s ‘huge progress’ this season.
Contrary to expectations, due to their well-documented handicaps, Lampard has led Chelsea through a rollercoaster season to the brink of a top-four finish in its debut season.
Only one more victory is needed to ensure a Champions League place in the battle between three clubs, which also include Manchester United and Leicester, who meet on the last day.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard claimed it wouldn’t fail to reach the top four
While securing the required points may not be easy, Chelsea has gotten matches against champions Liverpool and Wolves to try to get the job done.
Chelsea have held a top-four position since October, which would make denial at death particularly cruel, and Lampard said, ‘I understand the black and white judgment of the outside world and Chelsea fans about it because it’s a clear goal to step into the Champions League.
“We weren’t really among the top four people at the start of the season. We forced ourselves into it. I hope we get there. But for me it shouldn’t put this club aside as there were a lot of testing moments this year. We have shown intentions to go in the right direction.
Chelsea’s Blues are two wins away from a spot in next season’s Champions League
‘I hope I show that in the way I work with the players and I think the players show that with performances like Sunday [the FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester United].
“I understand it’s black and white on the outside. I don’t think it should be on the inside. ‘
Lampard’s position is easy to understand given what he encountered upon his arrival.
Chelsea had just lost the league’s best player, Eden Hazard, and were further hampered by a transfer ban on its first window.
He then continued this season with a team of several young people who are experiencing their first campaign at top level.
Lampard said his side’s late show performance is moving the club in the right direction
“It will be a great achievement for the players,” said Chelsea. His determination to be unmistakable, despite the difficult circumstances.
Lampard doesn’t have to talk about the huge importance of the Champions League for Chelsea and all the financial benefits and prestige that come with it.
He played in it for 11 of his 13 seasons with Chelsea and captained when they reached their Holy Grail in 2012 by winning it.
He added: “I never thought it would be just sailing, but we are in a position where we have two more races in our hands to get there.
“It is as if the players can make a huge effort in these two games. We really have a desire to make it to the Champions League. It is now up to us to try to win it over. ‘