Lampard's reaction to CAS lifting Man City's UEFA ban

Lampard's reaction to CAS lifting Man City's UEFA ban

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said his focus is entirely on his team, and that Monday morning's decision by CAS to overturn Man City's UEFA ban does not affect his side at all.

City were slapped with a two-year ban back in February for ‘serious breaches’ of Financial Fair Play regulations between 2012 and 2016. 

The Court of Arbitration for Sport however overturned the suspension from European football, even though the club will still pay a €10m (£8.9m) for failing to cooperate during investigations.

"I was pretty neutral on it, I don’t know much about the case, any of the details,’ stated Lampard during a pre-match conference ahead of Norwich match on Tuesday night.

"I just listened to the result as everyone else did this morning. I don’t see beyond the games ahead. We want to win them and see if it gets us Champions League football for next season. I was never pinning my hopes on it meaning another team getting in. We worry about ourselves," he added. 

"My only concern is the games ahead. We’re at a critical stage of the season. Norwich tomorrow, then Liverpool and Wolves in the league. We know what’s in front us. We know the capability we have in the squad. We have shown this season at lots of different points the reason why we’ve got into third. Now we need to try to finish the job,"

The lifting of the ban is bad news for Chelsea, Man United and Leicester, who are involved in a three-way battle for the two remaining slots for Champions League. 

Lampard's men are currently third on the standings but could move to fourth if Manchester United win at home to Southampton on Monday night.