Frank Lampard: Chelsea must stay focused to win Europa League

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard expects a tough Europa League final against Portuguese side Benfica on Wednesday night.

The Blues' all-time top scorer even compared Benfica to the team Chelsea defeated in last season's Champions League final, Bayern Munich.

"We have to concentrate to get the result. Benfica are a good team as Bayern were in Munich," Lampard told reporters. "We were disappointed to be in the Europa League but we wanted to progress and it's a huge European final."

The midfielder, who broke Bobby Tambling’s all-time Chelsea goalscoring record after scoring a brace against Aston Villa on Saturday, talked about keeping his focus in the right place and concentrating on Wednesday’s final against Benfica.

“The record helps me in being confident," Lampard added. "It was a special day for me but tomorrow is different and I have to prepare.

"All of us here want to win this for Chelsea. I don't know what my future holds but it's all about winning the game.

“There are tough times in all seasons but we're in a position where we've qualified for the Champions League and have a big final.”

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech ruled out them being a favourites to lift the trophy and said whichever team puts in a better performance will emerge victorious.

“Being considered a favourite or not doesn't matter," the Czech Republic international said. "You have to perform for 90 minutes whatever.

“Any season you reach a European final and win it has to be considered a successful one. We used the Champions League disappointment as a motivation to do better.

“This season the Benfica team is a step ahead of last season. They’ve had a very good season.”

Chelsea trio John Terry, Eden Hazard and John Obi Mikel who were injured have travelled with the team to Amsterdam. While Hazard has been ruled out of the final, there is still hope for the other two.

Oriol Romeu, who has not featured since December, also flew with the team along with Nathan Ake who did not play in Monday night’s FA Youth Cup final second leg.


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