Lampard - Wembley tie won't decide PL race
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard does not believe the outcome of his side's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United will influence where the sides finish in the Premier League standings.
The Blues lead United by a point with two matches remaining in the race for Champions League football but before that's decided, they clash at Wembley on Sunday for a place in the FA Cup final against Arsenal, who saw off Manchester City on Saturday.
This is a competition in itself. We all know what is at stake is a place in the final.Frank Lampard
Lampard is in his first full season in charge of Chelsea and despite a transfer ban last summer has enjoyed a strong debut campaign, turning the likes of youngsters Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori into first-team regulars.
United, meanwhile, have taken time to get going under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but are the form side in the Premier League, winning six of their last seven matches in all competitions.
But Lampard, who has asked for one final push from his players, does not believe the battle between the two sides in the Premier League will influence their contest at Wembley.
"I genuinely think it has no bearing," he told the club website. "This is a competition in itself. We all know what is at stake is a place in the final. The next two games will come very quickly after that. Each of us will deal with it in our own way.
"There have been moments in games where we have seen tiredness. That's not just my team. Now we can see an end, it's getting close, and we have to dig in one more time to get a push for the last few games."
Chelsea are 2.75 to beat Manchester United on Sunday, with the Red Devils 2.62 to win with the draw 3.20.
The Blues are 1.12 to finish in the top four, with United 1.25.
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