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Lampard looks to Abramovich inspiration

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has his sights set on defeating Manchester United tonight en route to winning the Champions League.

The Blues face a difficult task as they travel to Old Trafford in their quarter-final, second leg tie, looking to turn around a 0-1 defeat suffered at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday.

Lampard remains upbeat about Chelsea's chances of progressing, and refuses to accept that United are poised to deliver another crushing blow to club owner Roman Abramovich's European ambition.

The Champions League remains the only trophy to elude the Russian billionaire since he arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2003.

And the England international has urged his teammates to use that as a motivating factor to drive them on to success in tonight's encounter, as the Blues look to repay the faith and generosity shown by Abramovich.


 

"Everything I've achieved in the last 10 years has only been possible because of the owner's investment,” said Lampard.

"I never envisaged that we would be winning league titles, competing in the Champions League and fighting on all fronts year after year so quickly.

"Everything changed when Mr Abramovich arrived in 2003. He has made a huge investment and we are all very thankful."

For Chelsea to be successful, it will take a considerably better performance than the one displayed during the first-leg tie. But Lampard is confident the Blues have what it takes.

"I'd be very proud to win the Champions League for a lot of reasons but I definitely understand the thought process that we owe it to him to win it.

"He never sits us down and says 'You must win the Champions League, this is the main thing'. But we all know it would be a fantastic thing to him.

"And he deserves it for all that he has given to the club."

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