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Chelsea’s trip to Manchester United still has the feeling of a “big game”, says Blues boss Frank Lampard, as he searches for a key early-season victory over their big-six rivals on Saturday.
The sides are two of the most successful in Premier League history, and clashes between them in previous years often came with both teams challenging for the title.
However, Liverpool and Manchester City have established themselves as the top-two sides in the Premier League over the past two seasons, leaving Chelsea and United to battle for the two remaining places in the top four.
But both Chelsea and United are looking to close the gap at the top of the table this season and, with Liverpool and City already showing vulnerabilities, Lampard says he has no doubt over the importance of his side’s visit to Old Trafford – live on Sky Sports Premier League.
Asked if United vs Chelsea still feels like a big game, he said: “Yes, it certainly does – as it should do.
“We’ve played them a lot – we played them in two cup competitions as well as the league last year. They’re a quality team with quality individuals and organisation. We saw how they went to Paris in midweek and got a fantastic result.
“At the minute, everybody is very close in the league. It’s an opportunity to get some hard-earned points, but it will be a really tough match.”