Frank Lampard admits that Man City’s ban had nothing to do with Chelsea’s CL qualification desires.
The Chelsea boss didn’t care much whether the ban was upheld or not – he only concentrated on the games upcoming.
“I genuinely don’t see beyond the games at hand. We’ve got a few games now, we know that. We want to win them and then see if it gets us European, Champions League football for next season,” said the boss.
“I was never pinning my hopes on it being an extra team getting in or not, we worry about ourselves.
“If we win enough games now we can get into the Champions League.”
Speaking of pressure on the Blues team, he said: “I don’t know. We are sitting third, it is in our hands.
“I wouldn’t want the players to be thinking that there is an extra place, can we relax a little more? It can’t be the way.
No one really saw Manchester City’s Champions League ban coming and Lampard never outlined his plan around the ban verdict. He had (and still has) his own plan while giving space for surprise interferences like the ban.
“The pressure is there to get Champions League football. It is just what happened [with City], it is clear now. It’s the position and we have to fight for it.”