Frank Lampard believes Manchester United are Chelsea’s biggest threat in their race to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
The Blues are currently in the 4th position and only one point behind 3rd placed Leicester City.
United,on the other hand, are on an excellent run of form winning five out of five games since football restarted.
Manchester United are only two points behind Chelsea with five Premier League games remaining.
Chelsea are currently holding the Champions League qualification spot but cannot afford to slip up at such a crucial moment, having dropped against West Ham last week.
When asked if United are Chelsea’s biggest threat, Lampard said: From behind? Yeah, they are closest, they are a very strong team, they are in great form for a long period of time.
‘They’ve got really good players, really good individual players.
‘You’ve seen the momentum they’ve gained at this part of the season, individuals across their front three are all scoring lots of goals.
‘They are the biggest threat from behind.
‘But as I’ve said before, this is the Premier League and it looks that way today, it’s how us as a team finishes the season game by game.’
Lampard urged his team to take United’s form as motivation and train hard to seal their spot for Champions League qualification.
‘I’d like to think they are not ignoring what is happening around them. Football has never be on TV more than it has at this time,’ said Lampard.
‘I expect them to buy into that and want to see what results are happening around us. I think that’s pretty much human nature. On a sporting level I think that means you care and want to see what’s happening.
‘And then there has to be a slight switch off and a flip to the fact you focus on yourselves. We can’t control the other games, we’re interested in them but we can certainly control what we do.
‘It can fire you up a little bit, seeing what’s happening around you. But the position we’re in means a lot is in our own hands and that’s the main thing.
‘When we train, when we prepare, when we play, we focus absolutely on putting out the best performance.’