FRANK Lampard says Manchester City may be the side with fresher legs in Sunday's FA Cup semi final, but he believes they would happily swap that for a Chelsea-style European run.
The Blues have looked tired in recent weeks, as they edge towards the end of a punishing season that may finally clock-in at 70 matches.
City, meanwhile, went out of Europe before Christmas – and may have played up to 15 fewer games come the end of May.
Lampard admits Chelsea's schedule has taken it's toll, but says City would happily swap their fresher legs for a crack at UEFA silverware.
Asked about the huge amount of extra football played by Blues' players, Lampard said: “That is obviously a fact, but I don't think it makes too much of a difference come Sunday.
“I'm sure they'd rather have stayed in the Champions League, or maybe the Europa Cup – whatever it might have been.
“That might have brought a more confident and successful season for themselves, and they might have been higher than they are (in the league).”
Lampard believes that Chelsea's qualification for yet another semi final on Thursday, when they knocked Rubin Kazan out of Europe and entered the Europa League last four, can give the side that extra confidence needed to beat City.
He added: “They'll be fresher than us, but we'll come off the back of qualifying for a semi final.
“We're all professionals, we're all fit lads I think. (The run-up to the game) will be all about rest and recovery, and preparing.
“I won't be using that (freshness) as an excuse going into the game, for sure.”