Chelsea manager Frank Lampard feels that there is enough quality in his current team to win the Premier League the upcoming season.
Lampard was appointed as Chelsea’s new manager a few weeks back and so far, Chelsea have played three pre-season friendlies under him. The Blues drew against Bohemians while beating St. Patrick’s Athletic. However, they lost 1-0 in their most recent friendly against Kawasaki Frontale yesterday.
The one issue that Lampard won’t be able to do for a while is sign new players due to a two-year transfer ban that FIFA imposed upon them a few months back. The club also lost their talisman Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
Despite this, Lampard feels that Chelsea have enough quality to bridge the gap between Liverpool and Manchester City and win the Premier League. Lampard said: “The only way I know to change that gap is through absolute hard work and focus.
“Those basics don’t change, and with the transfer ban there is even more clarity because we can’t bring in players. Every day I read City are buying and Manchester United are going to buy. All these teams are going to do business and that’s going to strengthen them.
“We have to be realistic, but then I see every day the quality we have here. And I think about the players not here like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Antonio Rudiger and Reece James, and I think we have a competitive squad.
“I believe in them and there’s more because we have a lot of younger players. There can be an uplift. That’s not me saying I’m going to make the difference. It will be the players who make the difference. So there’s the challenge. Now, can we win the league? It’s going to be a big ask. But we have to set out with that mind-set.”
Chelsea begin their Premier League campaign against Manchester United in Old Trafford on August 11.