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Chelsea did not pin hopes on Man City's Champions League ban: Lampard

Last updated 23 days ago | By Reuters

FILE PHOTO: July 1, 2020 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard reacts

Chelsea were not eager to learn whether Manchester City's ban from European football would be overturned or not and their target was always a top four finish, manager Frank Lampard said on Monday.

Second-placed City were handed a two-year suspension from European football for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations in February, which would have allowed a team finishing fifth in the Premier League to qualify for the Champions League.

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But the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the decision earlier on Monday, allowing City to compete in next season's elite competition and increasing pressure on teams battling for top four spots with three rounds of fixtures left.

"I was never pinning my hopes on whether an extra team got in (to the Champions League)," Lampard said in a virtual news conference. "We are sitting third, it's in our hands. This morning has just made it clear now and we have to fight for it.

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"I was pretty neutral. I didn't know much about the case or any of the details. I just listened to the result this morning.

"I genuinely don't see beyond our games. We have games and we want to win them to see if we get into the Champions League. We don't worry about other teams."

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Chelsea are third with 60 points ahead of Tuesday's match against relegated Norwich City but Manchester United could leapfrog the London side if they beat Southampton later on Monday.

"We are at a critical stage of the season, Norwich (City) tomorrow then Liverpool and Wolves," Lampard added. "We know our capabilities because of what we have done this season. We have to finish the job.

"Having good home form gives us confidence. With Norwich, we have to treat them with absolute respect. They can feel unfortunate with some of their results."

Lampard confirmed N'Golo Kante was still not fit but the midfielder could return for the weekend's FA Cup semi-final against United while Andreas Christensen, who came off at halftime in the 3-0 loss at Sheffield United, is fit and available.

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