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Frank Lampard: Chelsea are the team to beat after Liverpool thrashing
Published : 09 Apr 2009 12:39:06
Guus Hiddink's men destroyed Liverpool last night in the first leg of their quarter-final, despite going a goal behind. Fernando Torres opened the scoring for the hosts, but a brace of goals from defender Branislav Ivanovic and a third by Didier Drogba means Chelsea have one foot in the semi-finals. Chelsea are just four points behind Manchester United in the Premier League, albeit having played a game more, and play Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals in nine days time. Lampard told the Evening Standard: "Everything is still up for grabs, even though we are behind in the league. This performance (against Liverpool) just sets the tone for the rest of the season and who knows what can happen in the league and FA Cup now. "It's just important we keep the standard we showed against Liverpool. When people see us play to that level and look at the strength of the squad, we are as good as anybody. "We are a few points behind Manchester United in the league and all we can do is worry about ourselves and keep winning games. "We have set high standards and we have to maintain those. It does give us confidence going into the other competitions but we can't relax as there is not long to go in the season."