Newly-appointed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard feels that his side has what it takes to bridge the gap between Liverpool and Manchester City.
Chelsea ended third in the Premier League last season but were a whopping 25 and 26 points behind Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.
The Blues had good results against both sides at Stamford Bridge, nearly beating Liverpool before a Daniel Sturridge stunner levelled the scores at 1-1 while beating Manchester City 2-0. However, Chelsea’s away results against both teams were bizarre. They lost 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield while Manchester City thrashed Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad.
Lampard feels that in order to bridge the gap between Chelsea and last season’s top two, Chelsea must do what they do in training. The former England international said, I agree the standards are really high in terms of points and performances from the top two – we all know that.
That’s not just a challenge for us, it’s a challenge for a few clubs who were quite a way behind. The only way I see it – particularly with transfer ban – is we have to work. As a player the only way I’d get out of bad patch was to work – and even when in good form I wanted to improve.
“My main ethic is what we do daily in training will bridge that gap – because I believe we have the quality to bridge that gap. I know that – and genuinely feel that.”
Lampard’s first match as Chelsea manager is on Wednesday against Irish club Bohemians in Dublin.