Lampard: I enjoy pressure, I put it on myself

Lampard highlights the fact that Chelsea are far from alone in not being able to maintain steady form throughout this unusual campaign, including the sides at the very top of the table.

‘If you look at this season, everybody has had their difficult periods, inconsistency has been rife. I think there are multiple reasons for that. Of course we’re searching for that consistency that took us 17 games unbeaten. We did that for a reason because we were doing the basics well, energy in the team was good, and those have slightly dropped off.

‘Sometimes that’s natural, it’s par for the course when you’re fighting to get to where you want to be. Teams that we’re praising for winning trophies have gone through these periods and more.

‘So it’s head-down time, head down and work and not consider the table too much. We know we’re there or thereabouts but the only thing that will change it in a positive manner is us just going game to game.’