Lampard eager to avert ‘disaster’

Failure to win – or score in – either of their last two Premier

League games has seen the Blues slump back to fifth in the table

with 12 matches to go. Vice-captain Lampard told BBC Sport: “We

must finish in the top four and can never take our eye off the

ball. It would be a disaster if we didn’t qualify.” Chelsea will

have to wait to get their faltering league campaign back on track,

with their next two games Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay

against Everton and Tuesday night’s Champions League last-16 first

leg at FC Copenhagen. With the league all but surrendered –

Manchester United are 12 points clear of Chelsea – the cups are now

vital, according to Lampard. The midfielder said: “There’s huge

importance because you can see the league’s going to be difficult

and that means it’s more important to reach finals.” The

32-year-old also backed £50million man Fernando Torres to come

good after the Spaniard flopped in his first two games for his new

club. “He’s made a huge difference,” Lampard said. “No, he hasn’t

scored in two games but all the spotlight is on him. “There’s a

huge responsibility, people are looking to him to do it instantly,

but he will make a difference to us. “He’s a top-class player, he

has boosted the lads already and for sure will come good, he’s

going to add to us in a big way. “David Luiz has come in as well

and has been fantastic.” Lampard was surprised but delighted with

last month’s £75million spending spree on Torres and Luiz. “I

was slightly surprised but it was very exciting and I was pleased,”

he said. “It’s a huge boost to have such quality players that we

needed at the time. “We haven’t spent much in recent years compared

to some by our standards, but last season we won the double and

this was a good time for us to go into the market. “I’m just

thankful we’ve got the funds to do this.”