Lampard warns United of Chelsea backlash

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has warned Manchester United that the anger of being denied a last minute penalty in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter will give the Blues all the motivation they need in next week’s return leg.

When Ramires went down in the box after a hefty challenge from Patrice Evra, everyone inside Stamford Bridge thought United had given Chelsea a golden opportunity to get back into the tie.

But the challenge went unpunished, and so gone were Chelsea's hopes of a last minute reprieve, but Lampard doesn’t want to dwell on that single incident.

"We can't really think like that too much as it's negative. We just use it to motivate us.

"Everyone knows it was a penalty, but he didn't give it, simple as that.


"Things do sometimes go in your favour and sometimes they don't. It just seems that in the Champions League we've had some bad luck.

"We didn't play as well as we can do. We wanted to keep a clean sheet and we wanted to try and win the game at home so it’s not the result we were looking for."

Lampard was hoping his 500th Chelsea appearance would be a cause for celebration, but that wasn't to be. However he remains upbeat about the Blues chances of progressing to the semi-finals.

The Champions League has been somewhat of a frustration for Chelsea owner and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, and remains the only trophy to elude him since he took charge of the West London club in the summer of 2003.

However, Abramovich is hoping that manager Carlo Ancelotti will have the experience to overcome the challenge presented by Manchester United.

The Blues boss has drawn on previous encounters as a reason for optimism of getting a positive result next week, something echoed by Lampard:

"It's only half-time and we have to remain confident that we can go and win, as we've done before at Old Trafford."

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