Chelsea ace Lampard: We want our title back

Lamps said: “People say that United will strike fear into the heart of any side they play this season — but I can’t say that we feel that way at Chelsea.

“They have spent a lot of money and bought some great players but none of us are sitting around talking about it after training.

“I think if you do that then it shows a lack of belief in yourself and your ability to win major honours.

“The fact of the matter is that — at Chelsea — we have the experience of winning two championships in the past three seasons as well as a few cups.

“We have strengthened our squad and Florent Malouda has already shown a glimpse of what he’s capable of against United in the Community Shield.

“We have big players at the club and, if you ask me who do we fear this season, I would tell you that we fear no one. It’s not how we look at things at Chelsea.”

He continued: “My message to everyone will be very clear. I will get everyone together and I will tell them that we are going to win the league this year.

“That is our aim and we don’t hide it.

“We were hurt by losing the title to United last season. Very hurt.

“But we will use that pain to motivate ourselves.

“And the message I throw out to the team on Sunday before we get going will be repeated through the season at every game.

“No one is kidding themselves about how hard this will be. Liverpool have spent a lot of money as well as United.

“And Arsenal have some new players — and their younger ones are improving.

“I think this will be the most exciting and competitive campaign that I will have played in — but we are ready for it.”