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Lampard ready for toughest test against Barca

Frank Lampard is convinced Chelsea have the beating of Barcelona if they reproduce the display that saw them thrash Tottenham 5-1 on Sunday to reach the FA Cup final.


Super blues:¬†Chelsea’s Frank Lampard celebrates a goal. Pics/Getty Images

Didier Drogba, Juan Mata, Ramires, Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda helped Chelsea set up a final showdown with old rivals Liverpool. Tottenham’s lone strike came from Gareth Bale.

The Blues finally delivered a performance to give Barca cause for concern, three days before the teams meet in a mouthwatering Champions League semi-final first leg at StamfordBridge.


Ghost goal: Chelsea (blue) and Tottenham players in a goalmouth scramble before the referee wrongly awards a goal to Chelsea. Video replays confirmed the ball did not cross the line.

Chelsea’s chances against the all-conquering Spanish and European champions were written off the moment the draw was made but Lampard said: “From the start of every game, it’s 50-50. Barcelona are favourites because of the players they have in their team but if we play like we did against Spurs in the two games then we will have a chance. It gives us confidence. We have to carry that on.

“We need to take that into the Champions League games and all the rest of our league games. Any team’s beatable. They are the best, but we can’t show too much fear. We have to take them on and I think we can do it.”

Referee apologises
Chelsea were hoping they had not exhausted all their luck after another refereeing controversy went their way on Sunday. Referee Martin Atkinson was forced to apologise to Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp for awarding Roberto di Matteo’s men the second goal after a shot by Juan Mata, which television replays appeared to show did not cross the line. Lampard said: “It wasn’t a goal, simple as that, and for that you feel sorry for Tottenham. Goal-line technology needs to be brought in, in my opinion. I think it’s a no-brainer.” ¬†

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