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Apr 3, 2009

Chelsea aim to burst Newcastle's Shearer bubble

Frank Lampard has challenged his team-mates to combat the 'Shearer effect' at St James' Park on Saturday, as Chelsea try to keep their fading Premier League title hopes alive.

Alan Shearer can expect a rapturous welcome from the Geordie faithful when the former Newcastle captain begins his eight-match mission as temporary manager to save the club from relegation.

Despite a 1-0 defeat in their last game away to Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea boast the best away record in the top flight and Lampard is hopeful the Blues will be able to dampen the euphoric atmosphere on Tyneside.

''We had the same scenario when we went and played Manchester City just after they signed Robinho,'' recalled Lampard. ''But we have to react to the atmosphere and we have to try and get a result to put us back on track after the Tottenham game.''

Against City, Chelsea registered a comfortable 3-1 win despite going behind to a deflected Robinho free-kick.

But Lampard acknowledges there will be the 'Shearer effect' to overcome as the former United striking legend steps out to a hero's welcome.

''You can imagine what the atmosphere is going to be like,'' said Lampard. ''Alan Shearer is regarded as a god up there - and quite rightly so after what he achieved for the club. He will definitely get the Newcastle fans going and he will get the Newcastle players going.''

England and Chelsea skipper John Terry echoed Lampard's views, adding: ''The title race is still not over for us and we will be going there to hopefully upset him [Shearer] in his first game in charge.

''Alan Shearer is Newcastle through and through and him taking over as the manager is going to give them a massive lift. But it is down to us to go there, show what we are capable of, which we have been doing a lot of the time recently, and get a result.''

Chelsea are hoping that full-back Jose Bosingwa will be fit to face the Magpies after collecting a gashed leg while on international duty with Portugal.

Meanwhile, fellow Portugal internationals, Deco and Ricardo Carvalho, both returned to Chelsea on Thursday and joined in with light training. Deco has recovered from his hamstring problem and is expected to be in the squad for the game.

Striker Nicolas Anelka, struggling with a bruised toe which forced him to pull out of the France squad, trained with the rest of the Chelsea team but is likely to miss out on the trip to Tyneside.

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