Don't panic! Lampard warns lacklustre Chelsea to focus on Liverpool clash
01 October 2009 12:50
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Frank Lampard insists there is no reason to panic over Chelsea's poor form despite manager Carlo Ancelotti warning that the Blues must improve after a dismal week.
Chelsea limped to an unconvincing 1-0 win over Champions League minnows Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus on Wednesday, just four days after a shocking 3-1 defeat at Wigan ended their 100 per cent record in the Premier League.
Ancelotti's side remain on course to reach the knock-out stages in Europe after two straight wins but the Italian has expressed concern over his side's recent struggles ahead of Sunday's crucial showdown against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Yet Lampard believes critics are wrong to question Chelsea's form, adding that victory over Rafael Benitez's side will ease any doubts over recent performances.
'I don't know why people say we're not clicking. We have only lost one game this season,' Lampard said.
'We lost against Wigan and we didn't play well there at all. We have now come to Apoel and won so that's what counts. If you look over the season, we have clicked together as a team. We try to win every game and when we don't, we just try harder in the next match.
'It's a big game on Sunday against Liverpool but they lost the other night and will be trying to improve as well.
'The added bonus is that we have won our match in Europe and with a clean sheet as well. We hope to qualify as soon as we can.'
Blues captain John Terry was delighted with the team's response to his strong words after the Wigan defeat but conceded Liverpool will pose a stronger test than Apoel.
Terry said: 'The confidence wasn't knocked at Wigan - you can't afford not to believe in yourselves or your team-mates.
'It was important that we realised what went wrong at Wigan and that we responded well. You don't get much time to think about it with the games coming thick and fast and we did a good job here.
'But we have to be better against Liverpool. They will be up for it and they are a big club so we will have to respond again when we play them.'