Frank Lampard warned his Chelsea stars not to get distracted when they collide in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday by dreaming about vengeance against Manchester United.
Lampard’s side have been beaten three times by United already this season.
Chelsea were thrashed 4-0 at Old Trafford in Lampard’s first Premier League game in charge.
On those occasions, Lampard conceded United was largely the better team and this time, the Chelsea manager is focused only on getting his side set up.
“Knowing the circumstances of the games, fair play we’ve lost three, that’s just a fact, and I’m not into revenge, I just want to win the game in front of us on Sunday,” Lampard told reporters on Friday.
“We played some good stuff in the Carabao Cup. We played a very changed team and played some good stuff, but you still lose.
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“And in the league we had a good first half, missed opportunities and they took theirs.
“So I think you have to respect the fact that they’re a good team, we can all see that in their recent performances, but I’m not overly concerned with the games that have gone by. I just want to win the one in front of us.”
United have seen a host of VAR decisions go in their favour recently, including two key calls in their league win at Crystal Palace on Thursday.
Wilfried Zaha was denied a penalty just moments before Marcus Rashford put United ahead, with Jordan Ayew also seeing a goal ruled out for offside.
Lampard, whose side is fighting United for a top four finish in the league, acknowledged that, during their recent run, the VAR decisions have given their rivals a helping hand.
“There is always a human element to VAR still, of course. Clearly they have to make a decision,” Lampard said.
“The confusing thing about some of the recent decisions and the one last night (Thursday) is that it’s a very clear and obvious decision that is wrong, that didn’t get reviewed and changed.
“And a few of those have happened. And that is strange.
“I would like to think sometimes you have to be level-headed. Some may go against you or not, but it just seems a period where Manchester United have got a few in their favour with VAR.”