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Lampard targets Euro glory

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Frank Lampard has insisted Roman Abramovich does not have unrealistic expectations of his Chelsea side when it comes to winning the Champions League.

Abramovich famously fell in love with Europe's premier club competition when he watched Manchester United play Real Madrid in a thrilling tie eight years ago. And since buying Chelsea later that same year, the Russian billionaire has become obsessed with winning the European Cup.

"I'm sure the owner would be very pleased for us to win it," Lampard said. "But at the same time, he doesn't come in every day and knock our door down, saying, 'Why have I not won this yet?' He understands it's the most difficult competition in football."

No team has gone closer in the interim without actually achieving that dream and Abramovich has been painted as a character who has become increasingly impatient with the failure of successive managers to deliver the ultimate prize.

But ahead of Wednesday night's quarter-final first leg against Manchester United - a repeat of the 2008 final - Blues midfielder Lampard claimed the club's owner knew full well the enormity of the challenge.

Lampard, who has helped Chelsea deliver Abramovich every major domestic trophy since the Russian's arrival, added: "I think we've given him some very good times and I know the owner has appreciated it from how he's enjoyed them with us when we've won titles and with the cups.




 

"But the Champions League's a huge thing. You want to be known as the best team in Europe by having that trophy."

Lampard has also come to accept Chelsea do not have a God-given right to win the Champions League, something forged by four-semi final defeats as well as the agony of the final three years ago.

"When you play for a long period of time, as I have here, you see the ups and downs - you collect them," said the England star, who insisted revenge for Moscow would be the furthest thing from his mind on Wednesday evening.

"You don't feel thoughts of revenge or anything against anyone. You understand you can't always be successful and win."

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