Rafael Benitez hopes Frank Lampard can fire Chelsea

Lampard's impressive England display was followed by reports suggesting the Chelsea hierarchy is reconsidering its intention not to offer the midfielder a new contract next summer.

updated: February 08, 2013 10:28 IST
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London: Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez hopes in-form Frank Lampard can cap a week to remember by easing the pressure on the spluttering Blues when Wigan visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Benitez's side are without a win in four games and desperately need three points to retain their grip on third place and boost their fragile confidence.

The Spaniard has been left in no doubt about the importance of securing a top four finish and with it a place in next season's Champions League.

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