Lampard Needs FA Cup Win

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is keen for the Londoners to put a winning gloss on a long season by taking the FA Cup home from Wembley, where they meet Everton in the final on Saturday. The Blues finished third in the Premier League, and were knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage by eventual winners Barcelona, albeit in controversial circumstances, and Lampard wants to see some tangible reward for the team's efforts. "It's very important we win something for the confidence of the club and take something away from the season," he told Sky Sports News. "It was hard to miss out on the Champions League, but as you get a bit older you realise you can't win everything. "The adrenaline of going out and playing football is kind of a 'get-out' sometimes from a lot of things outside. "I get an adrenaline rush out of training as well as playing, so this season has been great for me in those terms. "Even though we haven't won anything yet this season, when I've been running out, I've been feeling on top of my game." The Englishman is also fully aware of the special place that the world's oldest knock-out competition occupies in the hearts of his fellow-countrymen. "The FA Cup final has always been special," he added. "I know there are always other competitions during the season so your focus can be on various things, but once you get to this stage you realise what a huge occasion it is, not just for your own and the opposition fans, but on the worldwide stage. "Everyone watches the cup final and it will always be a massive event. Our form since Guus Hiddink took over has been championship-winning form, and we only didn't go to the Champions League final because of things that happened on the night (against eventual winners Barcelona). Our performance over the last five months has set the standard."


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