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Lampard: We can still win title
Published : 13 Dec 2010 21:00:47
Frank Lampard handed Chelsea a huge boost for their faltering Barclays Premier League title defence before declaring he has "no doubt" they will retain their crown if they repeat Sunday's performance at Tottenham.
Lampard made a surprise comeback from three-and-a-half months out injured in the Blues' 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane. The result extended Chelsea's worst run for a decade but the performance was a step in the right direction from their previous four winless league matches.
"If we play with the spirit we played, I have no doubt we'll win the league, because we've got the quality in our team," Lampard told Chelsea TV.
"Injuries have been tough on us, certain moments have been tough on us. But with the spirit and ability we've got in our team, if we play like that, I've got all confidence that we can do it.
"It's very tough. We have to fight on a few fronts, so we have to be at our best. But I think if we are at our best then I think we can go and win it."
Manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed after the game that Lampard would play a friendly on Thursday and, all being well, would start Sunday's mouthwatering clash with Manchester United.
The player himself revealed he would also spend the week practising penalties after deciding not to pull rank on the hapless Drogba at White Hart Lane.
"I trained two days with the lads this week and haven't practised a penalty in three months," said Lampard, the Blues' spot-kick specialist.
"I always like to practise them and I thought it would've been wrong for me to come on and try to take personal glory scoring a winner on my return rather than Didi take it, who's been fit and playing and practising and scoring them.
"Listen, I could easily say I would've buried it but that's not the case always - we can all miss them - and credit to Didier for stepping up. Hopefully, I can practise some in the week and get back on them."