Lampard makes it frank: Chelsea must win in Europe before we all get too old

28 April 2009 01:34
Frank Lampard has warned his ageing Chelsea team-mates not to waste another opportunity to win the European Cup.

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The England midfielder insists the Blues must not hold back against Barcelona in the semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp.

Chelsea are set to add new blood in the summer as Lampard, Michael Ballack, Didier Drogba and Ricardo Carvalho have all passed their 30th birthdays.

And, after five Champions League semi-finals in six years, Lampardis wary that it could be the last chance for many of them to push on toglory.

'We crave success and we have basically achievedeverything else domestically,' said Lampard.

'Europe is the one that isalways hanging over us. The more years that it comes and doesn'thappen, you wonder will I ever?

'You don't feel it all the timebut in big games like against Liverpool in the quarter-final, when youknow you could be going out, that's when it really kicks in.'

Lampard can't wait to take on the Spanish League leaders and hopes his team-mates approach the match in the same way as they did the first leg of their quarter-final against Liverpool at Anfield, where they ran out 3-1 winners.

Pain in the rain: Lampard (right) consoles John Terry after Chelsea's defeat by Manchester United in last season's European Cup final

'We certainly don't have to win but there is a huge emphasis on away goals now,' he said. 'That's the attitude we took to Liverpool.

'We have to learn from that game and take it to Barcelona. If we get an away goal, then we will have a good chance at Stamford Bridge.'

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