Frank Lampard: Tottenham form should make Chelsea nervous for Manchester United title test

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Frank Lampard says Chelsea must use any Premier League title nerves ahead of their clash against Manchester United to their advantage.

League leaders Chelsea head to Old Trafford today sitting four points ahead of Tottenham with a game in hand in the title race.

The trophy looked to be heading to Stamford Bridge until recently after Chelsea's 13-match winning run earlier this season, but Spurs have won seven in a row to close the gap on Antonio Conte's favourites.

Chelsea recovered from a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace two weeks ago to beat Manchester City and Bournemouth, and Lampard says his former club must avoid further slip-ups by facing their fears.

"Chelsea are very aware that Spurs are there and it'll be a tough game for them tomorrow," Lampard told BBC Sport.

"There will be some nervousness but so there should be."

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino believes goal difference could play a part in the title race after Saturday's 4-0 win over Bournemouth, with Manchester City having pipped rivals United to the title in the same manner in 2012.

Spurs are six goals better off than Chelsea - +46 to +40 - having scored 68 in 32 games to the Blues' 65 in 31, and Pochettino said: "It's so important.

"The only way to build that winning mentality is to always play in the same tempo and with the same focus and concentrations during 90, 95 minutes.

"Never give up. 3-0, 4-0 or 1-0, 2-0 - the team must forget the result.

"It's important to always try to go forward, keep possession, score goals – that is the mentality that we are building in the group."