Lampard: Critics have brought Chelsea together

Frank Lampard says the critics have only made Chelsea more motivated to lift silverware this season.

"Everyone has been waiting for Chelsea to take a fall," he told the London Evening Standard. "It comes with the territory of being so successful over the last three or four years.

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"So for us to lose a cup final a lot of people have taken a great deal of glory in it and that's a fact. But we won back-to-back championships and were still criticised for being boring, so we want to forget what anyone else says.

"What's very important is that we unite as a club on the inside - players, staff and fans as well. We must remember what we have achieved and what we can achieve. Together we have a great chance of doing it this season.

"I have seen a lot of people leaving us out of the running and I like that in a way. If we win our game in hand we are four points behind Arsenal and three behind Manchester United.

"We have to play them both at home, while they also have to play Liverpool. It comes down to us. If we go on a fantastic run and win the majority of our games we can win the league, that's a fact."

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