Lampard says experience not revenge can fire Blues

Frank Lampard says revenge would be a dangerous motive to adopt as Chelsea prepare to face Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. The Blues' 3-2 aggregate win over Fenerbahce in the quarter-finals set up a third last-four meeting with the Reds in four years.

Chelsea lost the previous two matches but this time the return leg will be at Stamford Bridge. Lampard said he hoped that would give his side an advantage as they look to reach the Champions League final for the first time.

"The last two times we played we got knocked out but that will have no bearing on this semi-final," said Lampard. "To go into a game with revenge on your mind is not the right emotion to take into a game. [The] Champions League is very much about keeping your head and concentrating for the whole 90 minutes in both legs.

"I don't think it is about revenge, it is about the golden carrot of getting to the final. I am sure Liverpool will have the same motivation. They are not going to win the league this year and we are still fighting for that. They are fighting all on one front. We will both have a lot of motivation to get there.

"We have had some disappointing moments against them and they are a very accomplished Champions League team. They will have the added benefit of not having to go for it in the league as they look pretty secure in fourth place.

"It will be a tough tie. Maybe going up there first can be a bonus. But it only helps if you get the right result. In modern-day Champions League, the away goal seems to become more and more important. So we have to go there with a positive attitude and try to get an away goal and then bring them back here, which will be different to the last two times we have played them.

"To lose a semi-final is very disappointing but there will be bad nights and you can't win everything. The most important thing is to correct it in the future and hopefully we will get a chance to do that. You know how Liverpool are going to play. They have a very good recipe in Champions League football."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test
Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Twins have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Yates brothers will target the steepest sections in bid to win a stage in France
John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy