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Lamps: London Derby Is Key

Frank Lampard has described the London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on 8 May as the pivotal moment of the race for next season’s Champions League.

With the Premier League title already decided emphatically by Manchester United, the EPL excitement remains in the battle to qualify for Europe, and also to see which team will join QPR and Reading in their plummet to the Championship.

Chelsea currently hold pole position. They are in third place on the log, with an automatic ticket into the Champions League there for the taking.

Arsenal are a point behind them, having played one game more, with Spurs three points behind.

The Blues travel to champions United at the weekend for a highly anticipated encounter. But Lampard believes it is Chelsea’s upcoming clash with Spurs that will put the cat among the pigeons.

"You could say the game against United is pivotal - but I think it is really down to the Tottenham game,” Lampard said, according to Soccernet.

"I think it will go to the wire but if we get the right results against United and Tottenham we'll put ourselves in a healthy position."

Lampard may not even be there, if the Chelsea TV programme that described him as a “former Chelsea midfielder” is to be believed.

The club’s remaining Europa League matches could be Lampard’s last taste of European club football in a Chelsea kit.

But he remains determined to help them win their place in the Champions League back for next season, as well enjoy Europa glory.

"The Champions League is the test of the best and the main target - but I want to win the Europa League as well. I never dreamed when I was a kid at West Ham that I would have done as well as I have," he said.

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