Lampard explains what’s needed in the build-up to West Ham

Chelsea could have moved into first place in the Premier League with victory at Molineux, albeit for a brief period ahead of Liverpool’s meeting with Tottenham tonight. 

Instead, if results go against us in the next few days, we could find ourselves in the bottom half of the table when West Ham make the journey across London on Monday night, summing up what has already been a topsy-turvy top-flight season. 

‘I don’t like to look so much at the table when we are winning and on a long unbeaten run, and the same now,’ stated Lampard. 

‘We have to worry about ourselves, irrespective of who is playing each other elsewhere. It’s really tight. If we had won, we would have gone level on points at the top. If you lose all of a sudden you feel like you might drop out of the top four, five, six, whatever it is. 

‘The longer game is for us to concentrate on, but we must think short term and the players must learn lessons because the games are coming thick and fast over Christmas. 

‘I know what we can do, and I know consistency is another matter. We had been on a long unbeaten run, great, but to really get to where we want to be it has to be longer than that, or if you have a blip you have to bounce back from that.’