Frank Lampard plays down Chelsea’s chances despite their big summer spending spree

Tanya Simon
September 14, 2020

But Chelsea finished fourth last season, 33 points behind champions Liverpool, and Lampard tried his best to dampen expectations ahead of Monday's opener at Brighton, instead speaking about "closing the gap" to the Reds and Manchester City.

The Blues have been the Premier League's big spenders during this transfer window, splashing out over £200m to bring in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz.

That relentless spending comes amid a Covid-19 pandemic in which businesses, including football clubs, are being hard hit financially.

'At the same time, I also know what it takes to win Premier League.

"Sometimes if you have the opportunity to invest at a club, managers at a top club, you try to do it as well as you can". "We're a different kind of club".

With Liverpool's story, I referenced it a lot a year ago. My expectations are on a different level from previous year because we are in a different situation.

"The reality is - other than maybe Leicester, which was an incredible story - most clubs that win the league in the modern day have recruited well and have recruited at quite a high-level money wise". And you can go through the Liverpool players: Van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, Keita, Mane, Salah, incredible players, that came at a very high price. We all know that. I know that as a player and I know when I look around. [Manchester] City and Liverpool have run over a few years. It's a great story, but it's story that has seen money spent on players.

'We should be excited, but we should also have a slight word of caution that we need to work with the new players, and my job is to work with the new players to get them settled into the team and get the team working as well as possible.

"I certainly wouldn't say, "I did it, you can too". I hope we will improve.

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"I'm pleased with the business we've done, really pleased".

But despite the numerous changes coming, Lampard is adamant that his youngsters will see it as a challenge rather than a threat. "I would probably reference it elsewhere".

"I will be fair on how I pick the team". [Tottenham manager] Jose Mourinho might mention it. These are the rules.

"With a player like Timo, we were very keen to bring him in". My job is to work with that.

The report suggests that questions over the player's attitude of late have sparked concerns over is suitability to the current Chelsea squad, while the Blues extensive summer recruitment will only serve to hamper his game time further.

Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr, who will be loaned out, have joined on free and the signings may not stop there with further interest in goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

I was a young player, so was John [Terry] and others in the group, so the core of those young players in the group did react and we managed to form a good group moving forward. In real life it doesn't.

'We want to move in an upwards direction, of course we do, and the work starts now. I'm very focused on it. "I don't want to talk about statements... the work starts now".

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