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HATCHET MAN: Come on Lampard, let's be Frank - tell us what you really think of Chelsea's trophy hop

22 Apr 2009 09:07:42

HATCHET MAN: Come on Lampard, let's be Frank - tell us what you really think of Chelsea's trophy hop

Frank Lampard seems to have gone all coy about Chelsea's prospects. After repeatedly talking up the team and appearing keen to present a bullish outlook for them, the England midfielder now apparently 'hates' talk of the treble because it intensifies the pressure.   More from Hatchet Man... HATCHET MAN: When the Black Cats boss is away... Sunderland chairman Quinn Keane to slam ex-manager Roy22/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Platini needs to take a time out if he thinks 10-minute breaks can get rid of racists22/04/09 HATCHET MAN: American dream is now the nightmare Hicks and Gillett deserve at Liverpool22/04/09 HATCHET MAN: It will take a lot more than the LMA to end the war of words between Fergie and Rafa21/04/09 HATCHET MAN: There's 45m reasons why O'Neill should stop moaning21/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Jagielka is wrong - Everton can't count themselves as a big club21/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Forgetful Bent feels the chill at Tottenham as Harry plays it tough21/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Wolves must go for the kill on their return to the Premier League20/04/09 VIEW FULL ARCHIVE You could be forgiven for thinking that he doesn't believe they are up to the task. It might look difficult for Chelsea now, but temporary manager Guus Hiddink is staying positive. 'Mathematically, the treble is possible,' said the Dutchman. In relation to the title race, he added: 'As long as we have the chance mathematically, or even a bit more, to chase them down is perfect.' Presumably, Lampard is irritated by Hiddink's claims, but he shouldn't be. The pressure is there anyway and even the most blinkered of fans can read a league table. Everyone knows Chelsea are outsiders, but surely no-one would believe someone as ambitious as Lampard had given up on any of the trophies they could still win. So why pretend?  Playing it cool: Lampard is refusing to talk up Chelsea's treble chances  MARTIN SAMUEL: English clubs are the envy of Europe, so why listen to MPs?One-club wonders: Sportsmail's guide to the top 15 players who only ever kissed a single badge - just like 600-up Paul ScholesMancienne fits the Barca bill for Hiddink as Chelsea plot to stop MessiMARTIN SAMUEL: How Hiddink the winner has given Chelsea the blues CHELSEA FC


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