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Monday 25 September 2017

Frank's happy to take it to the Bridge

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard admits it would be a fitting end to their Premier League season to win the title at home on the final day but stressed they have yet to complete the job.

A 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield put the pressure firmly back on Manchester United but, when they came through a tricky test at Sunderland 1-0, it meant, with one point between the two sides, that the championship will be decided next week.

Chelsea have the advantage and know a win at home to Wigan next Sunday will give them their first title for four seasons, irrespective of what United do against Stoke at Old Trafford.

"It would be nice to do it in front of our own fans," said the England midfielder, who scored the second goal to end Liverpool's hopes of securing Champions League football next season.

"Obviously Manchester United have a tough game but we'll never go that far (thinking they have already won). We have a big game next week.

"But we knew the Liverpool game was huge for us. We knew if we had dropped points we would have given the momentum to United."

Chelsea also have an FA Cup final against Portsmouth to look forward to and Lampard has not ruled out double success for the club.



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"We've got an FA Cup final after next week so we're very determined," he added.

"We were at a bit of a low point a couple of months ago so credit goes to the players, management and staff.

"We dug ourselves out of that and have pushed on to the brink of doing the Double."

The victory over Liverpool was never in doubt from the moment Didier Drogba latched on to Steven Gerrard's disastrous 33rd-minute back pass.

Frank Lampard's close-range goal nine minutes after the interval from Nicolas Anelka's cross finished off Rafael Benitez's side, who looked a spent force after their 120-minute Europa League semi-final exit to Atletico Madrid on Thursday.

"It was the key game I think for the fight for the title and we played very well," said manager Carlo Ancelotti.

"We deserved to win. It was a little bit difficult in the first half but in the second half we did better.

"It was an important performance. There was a lot of pressure on this game and on us but we had good control of our emotions.

"Liverpool played on Thursday night, so to play Sunday was not easy. They did very well in the first half but in the second half they were a little bit tired.

"But it was never easy because they have some very good players."

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