Frank Lampard has told his Chelsea players to forget about the Premier League title race and fight your way back to the battle of the top four.
The Blues manager praised second-place Leicester as a true title contender ahead of Chelsea’s trip to King Power Stadium on Tuesday.
The former Chelsea and England midfielder admitted, however, that the Blues can’t afford to dream of their own title challenge, given they sit eight points off the top in seventh place.
“We cannot consider the race too much as it is, instead we have to consider ourselves – consider whether we can get a result against Leicester, which is a competitor there,” Lampard said.
“And then we’ll see if we can get victories together that propel us back to where we want to be.
“But the race is relatively open, especially compared to the last few years, I guess.
“Leicester are in the race for sure, the way they are playing and the results they are getting and their position in the league.
“We managed to beat Leicester at the end of last season, but it was a great challenge for us.
“They are a very good team, with very good people, we know, and a very good coach in Brendan Rodgers.
“So they are in the race, and there are others who are also in the race.”