«When you live the threat of relegation, you consume yourself»

Frank Lampard said he fully understands the stakes for the Everton and his fans as the team battles for survival in the Premier League, adding that saving the team from relegation would overshadow his titles as a player.

Everton have lost the last three games before wins over Chelsea and Leicester City helped them climb to safety in 16th, a point above Burnley and Leeds United, who played one more game.

«When you go through this experience of a relegation battle, it consumes you and you want to do the right thing because you understand what’s at stake,» said Lampard, who won three Premier League titles among other trophies in his playing days at Chelsea. .

«The stakes in this are higher for me now than when I won the Premier League as a player, because of what it means for the club. You know the economy is higher too, to a different degree.»

Lampard took it upon himself to preserve Everton’s Primera status after being appointed in January to replace Rafa Benítez. The club has played in the English top flight every year since the 1954-55 season. l Everton take on relegated Watford on Wednesday.