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Frank Lampard insists that ‘belief’ can keep Everton up in the Premier League ahead of Chelsea match

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‘When times are difficult it’s important you remain positive’: Frank Lampard insists ‘belief’ can keep Everton up as he gets set to face former side Chelsea with the Toffees FIVE points off safety

  • Everton go into their massive clash with Chelsea on Sunday five points off safety 
  • Burnley went five points clear after their dramatic comeback win over Watford 
  • Frank Lampard has issued a message to his players to remain optimistic
  • Survival is still in their hands with two games in hand over Burnley and Leeds 

Frank Lampard is confident that belief and hard work will keep Everton up in the Premier League.

Everton are facing the very real possibility of playing outside of the top flight for the first time in 68 years if they are to be relegated to the Championship. 

The Toffees welcome Lampard’s former side Chelsea on Sunday, and go into the contest five points off safety with six games left to play.

Frank Lampard has urged Everton players to keep belief despite sitting in the relegation zone

Lampard's side go into their clash with Chelsea on Sunday five points off safety

Lampard’s side go into their clash with Chelsea on Sunday five points off safety

Despite their difficult position, Lampard has issued has a message to his players to remain positive about the task in hand.

‘We have to have a real strong belief,’ the 43-year-old Chelsea legend told Sky Sports.

‘When times are difficult in terms of results and position, it’s important you remain positive and have a belief about what you can do here and that maybe things will go in our favour. We need to keep working towards that.’

Everton’s 2-0 defeat against Liverpool last week, coupled with Burnley’s earlier 1-0 win against Wolves, meant the Toffees dropped into the bottom three for the first time since December 2019.

Burnley extended their gap to five points after their comeback victory against Watford

Burnley extended their gap to five points after their comeback victory against Watford

Burnley are level on points with Leeds who were thrashed 4-0 at home by Manchester City

Burnley are level on points with Leeds who were thrashed 4-0 at home by Manchester City

On that occasion they then beat Chelsea at home, a result that kickstarted the bad run of form for the Blues that led to the dismissal of Lampard.

Everton would have had a keen eye on proceedings at Vicarage Road yesterday, where Watford took an early 1-0 lead against Burnley.

Late goals from Jack Cork and Jack Brownhill handed Mike Jackson’s side all three points and pushed them five points clear of Everton.

The result also dragged Leeds further into the relegation race, with the Clarets now ahead of Jesse Marsch’s side in 16th due to a better goal difference.

Lampard watches on as his Everton players train at Goodison Park earlier this week

Lampard watches on as his Everton players train at Goodison Park earlier this week

Survival will no longer be in Everton's hands should they fail to beat Chelsea on Sunday

Survival will no longer be in Everton’s hands should they fail to beat Chelsea on Sunday

After dropping into the bottom three, Lampard’s side have gone from the hunted to the hunters as they look to escape the drop-zone before the season concludes later this month.

When asked if being in the bottom three affects the mindset of Everton players, Lampard responded: ‘For me it hasn’t because we understand our situation. It’s been very close since I’ve been at the club. 

‘It’s not easy to turn that when you’re getting towards the end of the season. The reality is here anyway, whether we’re one point, two points out of the relegation zone or one or two points in it. 

‘This situation is clear, we need to win games, we need to get points to stay in the league. For me it just adds to the focus of what you need to do.’

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