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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has every faith his players can get their bid for Champions League qualification over the line.

A 5-3 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday meant Chelsea missed the chance to secure the one point needed to guarantee a top-four spot. That must now be achieved at home to Wolves on Sunday.

"I have seen a lot in the last two games, particularly with Manchester United and then with Liverpool, of what we are about," he said.

"There has been spirit and character in those two performances and we have to carry it on for one more game in the league.

"What is absolutely important is the players focus on themselves because it is in our own hands.

"We have to try to get over the line. We have character in the group, we have quality and we have a good opponent coming and it is on us now."

Lampard rejected criticism of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, saying: "I will not talk about individuals in a game where we have conceded those goals. Some were real quality Liverpool finishes, particularly the (Trent Alexander-Arnold) free-kick.

"There were some collective and individual errors for the goals, so I certainly don't want to get into individual conversations about players because it is important we go into these games together as a group"