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The 32-year old fears another false dawn for the Blues

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has called on his players to deliver a performance against Blackpool in order to keep up the pressure on those around them.

The champions defeated league leaders Manchester United 2-1 on Tuesday and with both Sir Alex Ferguson's side and Arsenal dropping points at the weekend, there is a chance for Carlo Ancelotti's charges to get themselves back into the title race at Bloomfield Road.

Lampard was vocal following the victory over United, stating that the result would be wasted unless it is followed up with a victory against Ian Holloway's side.

Speaking to the club's official site, Lampard said: "It was an obvious statement because three points is three points and having beaten Man U, we've edged our way back into looking upwards rather than sideways and around us.

"We can't sit on that, we've had a couple of false dawns over the last couple of months and played our way out of it, so now we need to build, starting with Blackpool.

"They have surprised me this season, not so much recently because we've come to terms with what they're doing, but at the beginning of the season I'd have called them to be down there and that's no disrespect, because what a great feat it was for them to get into the Premier League, but they've surprised me with their quality and hard work.

"Their manager I've got a lot of time for, I like Ian Holloway, he's very opinionated and maybe some people dig him out sometimes but it's great to see and very refreshing.

"Charlie Adam has been one of the players of the season and they've missed him, but as a team you can't beat watching them, even against Manchester United when they lost, they're gung-ho and they're fun to watch."

The England midfielder has seen his role change in recent weeks, slipping into a more defensive position in the heart of Chelsea's midfield as Carlo Ancelotti looks to utilize a new 4-4-2 formation, but Lampard has stated that he feels comfortable adapting.

He said: "The system means I have slightly more defensive responsibility, I still have the opportunity to get forward though maybe slightly less than when there's three of you in there with one sitting behind.

"I've done it with England a lot and the manager's been very disciplined about it, wanting to play from deep, whereas with Chelsea I can still get forward a bit more."

Lampard has struggled with injuries to both his calf and his groin so far this term but the 32-year-old feels that he can now get back to his best, having scored twice in his last three Blues appearances.

He said: "I hope now I'm back to my best, I was out for a long time and I always think I need to be training full pelt and playing full pelt regularly to be at my best, so the last few weeks I've been able to train regularly and not feel anything so I've stepped up my sharpness.

"I have to do extra work and when I do that I feel the benefits instantly. My groin didn't allow me to for a while and it was frustrating in January when I had a calf injury but I'm feeling good now.

"I count my blessings. I don't moan too much about the injury, it's been a frustrating time, but it's made me realise how lucky I've been over my career because I've had nine seasons here with minimal injuries."

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