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Lampard: ‘Barca not out of it yet’

2 November 2006 06:41

LONDON, Nov 2 (SW) – Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has warned the rest of Europe that reigning continental champions Barcelona are not finished yet.

The Spaniards currently lie in third place in Group A behind Chelsea and Werder Bremen, with some reporters even going as far as suggesting the team may make a shock exit at the first hurdle.

28-year-old Lampard scored a remarkable goal in the 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night, and has dismissed reports that the Catalans’ season is in tatters, saying that they will bounce back from their recent dip in form.

"We are the favourites to finish top but it's too early to say Barcelona are not going to win the Champions League because they are a very strong team," said the Chelsea player.

"We have got good results against them now but we can't underestimate them.

"They are still a very strong team, as strong as they were last year. Every team has a moment when they are not at their top level and maybe Barcelona are not there yet.

"But I expect them to qualify for the next stage and, after that they are one of the best teams in Europe so they have as much chance as we do of winning it. We might even have to play them again.

"You can't start thinking we're better than them because they are a team full of top players."

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