Frank Lampard will lead Chelsea to a sold-out KCOM Stadium insisting that the FA Cup is a competition his star-studded side will aim to win this season.

Hull City provide the opposition for Chelsea in this weekend’s fourth round, with the Londoners aiming to protect an unbeaten record in East Yorkshire dating back to 1988.

For a club chasing a top-four finish and a continued adventure in the Champions League, another FA Cup tie is likely to see Chelsea rotate personnel against the Tigers.

But Lampard, a four-time winner of the competition as a player, is adamant that he wants a trip to the KCOM Stadium to be another step on the road to Wembley.

“We just want to win it,” said Lampard. “We just want to win it. We respect the FA Cup.

“I do, the players do and this club has been fortunate to win it a number of times in the modern era.

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins and Derby County manager Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard came up against Hull City as Derby County boss in the Championship last season

“So we want to win it, I don’t think we evaluate it like what’s the best chance of us with top four and is it more important than the FA Cup.

“People will argue that but I don’t need to get into that battle. We are professionals so can we win the game and get to the next round.”

Chelsea will be without top scorer Tammy Abraham at the KCOM Stadium but, if the third round win over Nottingham Forest was a guide, Lampard will use the full depth of his squad in this latest FA Cup tie.

The Blues have already played 34 games in all competitions this season, three more than City, and arrive in East Yorkshire on the back of a sapping London derby, drawing 2-2 at home to Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Chelsea have nevertheless exceeded most expectations for this season, outperforming the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal in the Premier League. Lampard, though, still wants more.

“I’m not happy,” he added. “When I say that it is more of a fact that we know that we could be better off and there could be more daylight in fourth place for us.

“We can’t control what anyone else does, so those results happen or they don’t. All we can look at is ourselves and if you look at the last two games alone, we have controlled huge parts of them. Albeit Arsenal went down to ten men.

“We were the better team in that first part of the game too. We have not scored our goals and had a couple of moments in those games.

“So there is big answers for us there that we have to find the solutions for, because I know that we have lost points from these situations. We have to get it right because the battle is going to ramp up.”

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