Frank Lampard has urged Chelsea to silence their critics by clinching their place in next term's Champions League before winning it in Munich.
The Blues' old guard confounded the naysayers again on Tuesday night when they produced one of the most staggering escape acts in European football history to beat Barcelona.
The 3-2 aggregate win left them just 90 minutes away from finally ending the club's long wait for Champions League glory as their astonishing revival under caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo hit new heights.
Veteran stars Lampard and Didier Drogba looked certain to be jettisoned this summer before Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as manager just over seven weeks ago.
But both have made a mockery of claims they were on their last legs and are set to play a crucial role in Chelsea's pursuit of their holy grail.
Lampard said: "We've got everything to show. That's what makes us top players, that what makes Didier Drogba a top player.
"He gets written off, comes back and scores goals that get us to this point, and I feel the same.
"I try to do everything to always prove (myself) and I'm very proud of what I've done in my career.
"I don't feel like I'm on my last legs, regardless, and I'll keep trying to show that every game."
Di Matteo's top priority after taking charge was securing Champions League football next season.
No one could have imagined Chelsea would be closer to doing so via the competition itself than by finishing in the Barclays Premier League top four.
But having slipped four points off the last qualification spot with four league games remaining, winning next month's final in Munich suddenly looks more achievable.
But Lampard said: "By the time of the game, that'll be too late.
"So, if we don't win it and we're not fourth...
"We're on a decent run of performances for sure, but the last thing we want to do now is lower our standards in between. We need to keep this roll going."
That will not be easy amid a punishing schedule that will continue to see the club play twice a week until the end of the season.
Lampard said: "People probably watched us two or three weeks ago against Wigan and Fulham and thought maybe we were on our last legs then a little bit.
"But you can't knock this team down - we'll keep coming back."
Last night was the perfect demonstration of that, Chelsea somehow recovering from falling 2-0 and a man down at the Nou Camp to draw 2-2.
Unsurprisingly, the game has been compared to the 'Miracle of Istanbul', the 2005 Champions League final that saw Liverpool come back from 3-0 behind.
"I think it's one of the biggest performances an English club has had," Lampard said, admitting the whole evening was a blur as Chelsea defended for their lives with 10 men.
"They could've gone on and bashed us five or six nil at that point."
The Blues set up camp on the edge of their own area after captain John Terry's sending off for inexplicably kneeing Alexis Sanchez from behind, ruling him out of the final along with Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles who were all booked.
"It's hard to console him," Lampard said of Terry, who will learn on May 31 precisely how many matches he will miss on top of the final.
"He'll be there with us and hopefully we can win it and do it as a group but it's obviously devastating for him."
It means Lampard could lift the European Cup as captain but he said: "My ego doesn't need to lift it.
"I'd love to win it to be of the team that wins it.
"So, if we win it, anyone can lift it - that's irrelevant."
That would surely make an irresistible case for Di Matteo to be appointed full time.
Lampard said: "It's a hard call for me to make because it's a club decision. But what I can say is there's no coincidence in what he's done.
"He's created an atmosphere, he's got players playing, the camp is very, very happy - you can see that in the results, and the results don't lie.
"I can't speak highly enough of him.
"I'm sure it's a question that maybe he doesn't know, I don't know, and the club will sit down in the summer."
Asked if Di Matteo's claim would be impossible to ignore if he was the man to mastermind a Champions League win, Lampard added: "Nothing's impossible. It was impossible to win here and we did it.
"If we win it, Robbie deserves to win it for what he's done at the club."
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what do you think?
Top man, Frank! I could include the whole team/squad/club; even Fernando silenced a few critics. Blues to win!!
Well done Frank......... You certainly silenced AVB!