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Chelsea driven on by pain of previous near-misses

May 21, 2008

Frank Lampard and John Terry said on Tuesday that Chelsea's successive failures in the Champions League have made them even more desperate for success in Wednesday's final against Manchester United.

Chelsea went out at the semi-final stage three times in four seasons, once on penalties, and also lost in the last 16 to Barcelona. For Lampard, it is not enough just to have reached the final at last.

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    "We've achieved a lot and been very close many times and every year we missed out made us more hungry," the midfielder told a news conference on Tuesday.

    "But we know that a losing finalist is pretty much forgotten in the history stakes."

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