Cesar Azpilicueta believes Chelsea are closer to becoming what Frank Lampard had set out for them to be.
The 41-year-old came into the Stamford Bridge with a vision to change things around quickly and he seems to be getting it done as the Blues trumped Reading 3-4 at the Madjeski Stadium on Sunday.
“In my seven years here in Chelsea I have had a few different managers. It’s true that this summer is something different. We have a transfer ban that we never had [before],” Azpilicueta explained.
“We are not here to complain about any situation, we are here to work hard. We have a new manager, everyone is pushing really hard. I think the team is getting close to what the manager wants from us. We are looking forward to starting the season.”
Chelsea managed a third-place finish last season under Maurizio Sarri despite a poor start and midway run. However, this has not discouraged the Chelsea captain from possibly taking a run at the Premier League title this campaign.
Azpilicueta further added, “Well the truth is that last year they opened a big gap. They raised the level more than anybody could imagine. They have been working together with the group of players and the manager for a few years.
“But it’s up to us to raise our level by working hard, by having the focus and the mentality to fight for this title. Last season we finished third but it’s in our hands to try to reach the top.”
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