Added incentive for Lampard and Chelsea

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Midfielder Frank Lampard insists that Chelsea are desperate to erase the memory of last season's Champions League final heartbreak.

The width of an upright prevented the Blues from beating Manchester United in a dramatic penalty shootout in Moscow last May. Captain John Terry's miss allowed United to win their third European crown and Lampard admits the squad's desire to go one better this season is very much on their minds ahead of the last-16 tie with Juventus at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

"There's an added incentive because of the manner in which we came so close last year," said Lampard. "You can't but help having that in the back of your mind after what happened."

He added: "You want to go back and actually win it, whether this year or not. But so much can happen. Little moments can go either way on the way to the final, and you need that bit of luck to succeed.

"We're very determined, but after last year of course we want to win the Champions League."

Chelsea welcome back former boss Claudio Ranieri on Wednesday night.

Ranieri guided the Blues to their first Champions League semi-final in his last season at Stamford Bridge and his Juventus side will provide formidable opposition.

The Italian was sacked by owner Roman Abramovich in 2004 but Lampard still has great affection for the man who signed him from West Ham for £11million.

Lampard was among a host of players signed by Ranieri including William Gallas, Emmanuel Petit, Damien Duff, Wayne Bridge, Joe Cole, Scott Parker, Glen Johnson, Hernan Crespo, Sebastian Veron, Arjen Robben and Claude Makelele.

"He should take credit," said Lampard. "He brought a lot of important players to the team. He signed good players even before the Roman Abramovich era. He elevated John Terry to captain and he's become one of the best in the world since."

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