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Frank Lampard focused on lifting Chelsea to third as Leicester falter

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will happily play a part in crowning Liverpool champions for the first time in 30 years, but only because it would mean his side have taken points from Manchester City tomorrow morning (Singapore time).

If the Reds beat Crystal Palace this morning, City will need to win at Stamford Bridge to keep the title race alive until they host Liverpool on July 2.

Chelsea are in need of the points themselves to cement their place in the top four, with Lampard keen to catch third-placed Leicester City, who drew 0-0 with Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday morning.

"I have had absolutely no thought of Liverpool's situation, it makes no odds to us at all," said Lampard.

"We respect Liverpool and Manchester City as two fantastic teams, in the last two to three seasons, they've been dominant, but we can only look at what this match means for us."

Chelsea famously played a big part on the night Leicester clinched the 2015/16 EPL title, coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Tottenham Hotspur in what became dubbed "The Battle of the Bridge" after nine of the Spurs side were booked.

"I don't think you can compare a Chelsea-Tottenham game to potentially stop Tottenham winning the league," said Lampard on the London clubs' rivalry.

"I am aware of the situation, but I can only focus on us. We have a job to do and our job is to go up against one of the best teams in the world over the last few seasons and try to get a result."

Earlier, the club announced that Willian and Pedro Rodriguez, whose deals were supposed to end next Tuesday, have extended their contracts till the end of the campaign. - AFP

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