The Blues legend is gearing up for his first competitive game as manager of his beloved Chelsea.
Lampard hasn’t had it easy in his first few months at the club due to a transfer embargo being enforced on the west London outfit by FIFA.
This meant Chelsea were unable to sign any new players over the summer.
But Lampard has banned any talk of the embargo among his players in recent months
“I don’t want – and I said this to the players the first time I spoke to them – I don’t want talk of the ban, I don’t want talk of what is success, what might be success, and any lowering of standards,” said Lampard ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League opener with Manchester United.
“I want to set out as we should do. And when I looked around the room I was looking at top players everywhere, and a big squad full of quality.
“Can we remain competitive when we are in this position? I believe we can.
“And we just have to accept that and use the challenge of what we’ve got and have absolute belief in what we’ve got because I think with the ban it’s been very easy to write off this squad somewhat.
“What matters is how we approach it and if I was a Chelsea manager who said ‘I’ll settle for sixth place this season or fourth place, or even second place’, that’s not the mindset.”
Chelsea’s transfer problems have seen pundits instantly write them off when it comes to finishing in the top four.
But Lampard is relishing the chance to prove the doubters wrong.
“I love it. I love listening to the radio and hearing predictions when we’re not in the top four,” the former midfielder added.
“Because it means that there is a challenge and there isn’t anything better in football than proving someone, or people or an idea wrong.
“We should all accept that challenge.
“There are two things, the outside world and what they think of us, and what we think within these walls. We believe we can really have a go.”
Chelsea take on United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Sky Sports have announced ex-Blues boss and Lampard’s former coach Jose Mourinho will be in the studio analysing the clash.