Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has urged the board and Chelsea fans to have patience as he believes Liverpool and Manchester City are far ahead of the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Chelsea are closer to the relegation zone than to Liverpool. However, Lampard has urged for patience.
He said, “What we must do is make the fans proud every time we play, show we are fighting to get better and better and better, try and win as many games as we can.
“I don’t think anyone can deny that we have done that this year. At times we have fallen short for little reasons, in terms of those standards.
“We do want to climb and bridge the gap and I strongly believe we will. But I am very aware of what that is. The players need to be aware of it and we are as a club.
“We have to be real, we have to be honest. We can’t pull the wool over our own eyes and think all of a sudden we have a divine right at this level to go up against Bayern Munich and beat them, and move onto the quarters and beat them.
“No, there is a reason why we are where we are at the moment. We have not challenged in the Premier League for a couple of years. We want to close that gap.
“We have to fight and work as hard as we can on the training pitch and in games to close that gap. Come the summer, of course as a club we want to move forward and make some decisions.
“But the gap is there. And Tuesday [the 3-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich] showed that a bit. But that should not dishearten us; it’s where we are at. Now it’s how we finish the season.”