Frank Lampard doesn’t think Champions League qualification is crucial to Chelsea’s attempt to close the gap on their Wednesday night rivals Liverpool.
However, he does acknowledge the “prestige” of the competition will help the process.
“For the club, it’s incredibly necessary,” Lampard told reporters on a video conference call to. “Not only because of the popularity, because if you’re a world stage team like Chelsea, you want to perform at the highest level to draw top class talent.
“Clearly it raises money for the club, let’s not make judgments about that. And you understand that there is so extreme pressure about who places in the top four. That may have been unheard of a few years back. Today it’s not just an award but an accomplishment in itself.”
Like expected, Lampard wants playing in the Champions League to accompany that work off the field:
“We want to step further this and we’re looking ahead in the Premier League so breaking into the Champions League will be a priority for us, just though this year’s season is gone.”