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After recent speculation over his future at Stamford Bridge, the England midfielder gave a reminder of his talent in the Champions League and is determined to fight for his place

Frank Lampard says he is determined to fight for his place in the Chelsea first-team after his goal helped his side to a draw against Valencia on Wednesday and insists he has overcome other setbacks in his career.

The 33-year-old midfielder had been left on the bench by Andre Villas-Boas against Swansea at the weekend, but started the Champions League fixture against Valencia.

“I always want to be playing games - that's a given,” Lampard told ITV after the game.

“I've been like that for all my career. I respect the manager may want to make changes at times, and that may mean I’m going to be on the bench.

“But I like playing for this club. I love the fans, their support here tonight was fantastic and they always give me a great reception, so I am very proud to play.

“I have had knocks in my career before; it always makes me dig in and work even harder to come back, and after sitting on the bench I was always going to give it everything, playing in a place like this.”

The Blues had led for some time following Lampard’s cool finish early in the second half and although they conceded a late equaliser from the penalty spot, the England man feels a draw was a good result from a high-quality game.

“It was probably a fair result, but it is a more frustrating one for us to take having been in the lead going into the last five minutes,” he admitted.

“It was a very end-to-end game, particularly in the second half it really opened up, so it was tough to catch your breath having to go up and down the pitch so often.

“Some qualifying games in the group stages can be quite bland at times but this certainly was not - it was one of the top-quality ones.

“Here, you have to give credit to Valencia, they are a very strong team, they played a fantastic game against Barcelona a couple of weeks ago and should have beaten them, so you know you are going to have to suffer a bit during the game against them.

“From our point of view it was a good performance, albeit slightly frustrating to lose that lead near the end.”

Lampard revealed that his goal was an instinctual finish despite the amount of space afforded to him by the Spanish side’s defence.

“I did have a long time to think about the finish, it was a slow cross and I wondered whether I should have a touch, but I just hit it,” he added.

“The important thing was to keep the shot down and put it in the net and I was delighted to see that go in.”

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