Lampard: Don't write off old guard

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Frank Lampard insists the spine of the team which has brought Chelsea so much success during the past decade is still crucial to their chances of glory during the modern era.

Lampard is one of the senior players who is no longer a definite for the first team under Andre Villas-Boas. He responded to a rare start against Wolves on Monday night with a late winner which pushed the Blues back into a Champions League spot.

But that is the minimum requirement for Chelsea in Lampard's eyes and admits he has "got the hump" with their failure to challenge for title honours this season. He said: "The spine of the team is what's made us what we are over the past seven years. We need those big players like John Terry who was magnificent at the back against Wolves."

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