Lampard admits Europe is more important now



Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has admitted that winning the UEFA Champions League is more important to his team than any domestic success.

The last time Chelsea played in Europe, at the end of the group stages they dominated, they were top of the league with a five point lead.

However, the sacking of Ray Wilkins, and a terrible run of form now see’s them languishing in 5th, 12 points behind Manchester United and looking forward to playing in Europe again.

Chelsea qualified easily from their group and face Danish side, FC Copenhagen in their last 16 tie. With Fernando Torres now joining their ranks, they will fancy their chances of success and winning in Europe has taken priority over winning in the league.

Midfielder Frank Lampard was asked if he would sacrifice the title Chelsea won last season for a Champions League winners medal and answered, “It’s a horrible question, but I would say I would.

“I hate putting one above the other but having won three Premier League titles, the Champions League is the one to win.”

Lampard is also hoping that playing in Europe again has the same effect on their league form as playing in the group stages did.

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.

“If you’re winning in Europe that form can be carried into the league.”

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