But the horrific sight of their pal's snapped left leg will concentrate the minds even more.
Flamini admitted: "We wanted to win the title before but now we want to win it for Eduardo."
The Frenchman added: "I went over to see him and it was really bad. I have no words to describe what I saw.
"It's the worst injury I have seen. He is a friend and it upsets you.
"I didn't see the tackle but I could see it was bad because I saw the result."