The idea that FA Cup glory means more for Arsenal ‘worries’ Frank Lampard, who is determined to put his Chelsea side under pressure.
Chelsea’s upcoming FA Cup final is arguably the biggest moment of Lampard’s young managerial career, as it presents him the opportunity to win his first trophy.
The 42-year-old has already achieved his prime target to steering Chelsea to a top-four finish in the Premier League, securing Champions League football for next season.
But this very reason could lead to Chelsea’s downfall on Saturday as Arsenal, who haven’t qualified for European football, need to win the FA Cup to enter the Europa League.
The Gunners, therefore, could be more motivated and capable to spring a big result at Wembley.
“I’ve heard how there’s more on this game for Arsenal, and that idea worries me,” Lampard admitted to BBC. “We must put ourselves under pressure. This is a huge game for Chelsea.”
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“It worries me that we as a club, as a team, think we achieved something last week by finishing in the top four.
“We are happy with that but that’s gone now. We don’t consider what it means for Arsenal – we want to win the match.”
The Chelsea boss added: “I’ve been in this game a fairly short time but I’ve played for many years and I know what I want the feeling to be around a final.
“It needs to be pressured; we need to be on edge. We cannot cruise into a final. You lose them that way.
“The feeling of losing as a manager is worse than as a player because you take on more responsibility – but the feeling of winning is better.”