Ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final battle, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has cautioned his players of playing for revenge against Manchester United.
Manchester United have beaten Chelsea thrice this season.
Lampard’s first Premier League game in charge of Chelsea saw his side mauled 4-0 by the Red Devils.
Manchester United extended their dominant run against Chelsea, beating them 2 – 1 in the fourth round of the League Cup.
Lampard conceded defeat, claiming United were the better side on those occasions and he is focused only on winning tomorrow’s game.
Lampard’s words as quoted by Punch Newspaper “Knowing the circumstances of the games, fair play we’ve lost three, that’s just a fact, and I’m not into revenge, I just want to win the game in front of us on Sunday,” Lampard told reporters on Friday.
“We played some good stuff in the Carabao Cup. We played a very changed team and played some good stuff, but you still lose.“And in the league we had a good first half, missed opportunities and they took theirs.“So I think you have to respect the fact that they’re a good team, we can all see that in their recent performances, but I’m not overly concerned with the games that have gone by. I just want to win the one in front of us.”
Lampard also admitted that VAR decisions have given a helping hand to their rivals during their recent run.
“There is always a human element to VAR still, of course. Clearly they have to make a decision,” Lampard said.“The confusing thing about some of the recent decisions and the one last night (Thursday) is that it’s a very clear and obvious decision that is wrong, that didn’t get reviewed and changed.“And a few of those have happened. And that is strange.“I would like to think sometimes you have to be level-headed. Some may go against you or not, but it just seems a period where Manchester United have got a few in their favour with VAR.”