Roman Abramovich deserves Champions League success says Frank Lampard

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Frank Lampard has told his Chelsea team-mates they owe it to owner Roman Abramovich to win the Champions League.

The Russian businessman took control of the Stamford Bridge side back in 2003, since when they have won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two League Cups.

The Champions League continues to evade Chelsea though, and they will need to do something special if they are to overcome a 1-0 quarter-final deficit against Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight and keep Abramovich's dream alive.

Lampard, 32, was quoted in The Sun as saying: "Everything I've achieved in the last 10 years has only been possible because of the owner's investment.

"I never envisaged that we would be winning league titles, competing in the Champions League and fighting on all fronts year after year so quickly.

"Everything changed when Mr Abramovich arrived in 2003. He has made a huge investment and we are all very thankful.

"I'd be very proud to win the Champions League for a lot of reasons but I definitely understand the thought process that we owe it to him to win it.

"He never sits us down and says 'You must win the Champions League, this is the main thing'. But we all know it would be a fantastic thing to him.

"And he deserves it for all that he has given to the club."

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