Lampard backs Shearer to succeed

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Frank Lampard is backing Alan Shearer to revive Newcastle and admits Chelsea's task will be much tougher in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with him taking temporary charge of the Geordies.

Shearer has been placed at the helm for the remaining eight games of the campaign with the task of keeping the Magpies, who are in the bottom three, in the top flight.

Lampard said: "The game at the weekend will be a lot harder for us now that Alan Shearer has taken over for the time being at Newcastle."

He added: "You can imagine what the atmosphere is going to be like up there. Alan Shearer is regarded as a God up there with the fans - and quite rightly so after what he achieved for the club.

"He will definitely get the Newcastle fans going, he will get the Newcastle players going and, unfortunately for us, this sort of thing seems to happen quite a bit.

"We had the same scenario when we went and played Manchester City just after they signed Robinho.

"But we have to react to the atmosphere and we have to try and get a result to put us back on track after the Tottenham game."

Lampard's team-mate and skipper John Terry echoed the sentiments of the midfielder but knows Chelsea have to win to keep alive their hopes of title glory given Manchester United's recent faltering form.

He said: "Alan Shearer is Newcastle through and through and him taking over as the manager for now is going to give them a massive lift.

"But it is down to us to go there, show what we are capable of, which we have been doing a lot of the time recently, and get a result."

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