Frank Lampard admits Champions League success takes precedent over the Premier League this season, according to Mirror Football.
When asked if he would pass up the chance to win the title, in favour of European success, the midfielder reluctantly admitted the latter would prevail.
“It’s a horrible question – but I would say so. I hate putting one above the other but having won three Premier League titles the Champions League is the one to win.” He added: “It depends on the squad but I think if you’re going well in the Champions League it can help your league form.”
Chelsea sit 12 points adrift of Man United in the title race, and face Copenhagen in the last 16 of the Champions League next week.
Desailly: Top four a must.
Ex-Chelsea stars Graeme Le Saux and Marcel Desailly say the prospect of Chelsea finishing outside the top is “unthinkable”, the Press Association reports.
Speaking at UEFA’s official handover for the Champions League trophy tour to sponsors Heineken, Le Saux says it is pivotal they make the top four: “To imagine them not qualifying is unthinkable. If they don’t finish in the top two or three there’ll be reasons for that, which I would think would be quite easy to explain.”
But Desailly believes Carlo Ancelotti’s achievements make his position more secure than those who went before him: “The difference between Ancelotti and the others is that he won (the double),” He concluded. “He needs to read his players a bit better and fit them into his own tactics.”
The pair agreed that Ray Wilkins’ departure, injuries to key personnel and the intensity of the transfer window all played a part in their season of discontent.
Blues track Mallo.
The Blues are keeping tabs on Celta Vigo defender Hugo Mallo, after some impressive displays for the Segunda Division side this season, reports Mirror Football.
The 19-year-old right-back who is part of the Spanish under-19 side, has also drawn interest from clubs in his own country such as Getafe, Valencia and Deportivo La Coruna.
Carlo Ancelotti is looking to strengthen in this area with Jose Bosingwa failing to reach the form he showed before suffering his injury, which kept him out for the most part last season.