Frank Lampard has admitted that a top-six finish will be very hard to achieve this season.
The transfer ban has really started to take a toll on the Blues who remain in the 11th spot of the Premier League after 4 games.
Lampard has taken it upon himself to promote youth talent when the option to buy players is simply not there. So far, the fans have seen a fair bit of positives but reality might soon rear its ugly head by the end of the campaign.
“We always want to be competitive but we’re all very honest about the situation,” Chelsea’s manager said. “Eden moved on and two No 9s moved on who were the No 9s generally last season. Younger players are coming in, but we still want to be in there.
“But that’s not just the story because you look at teams that have invested heavily – Everton, West Ham, Leicester. There are teams that quite rightly will be competing and have ambitions to get in there, so that’s challenging for all of us.”
When asked about Saturday’s opponents, Wolves, Lampard continued, “They should do. Because from a day when, almost the top four, you could probably write it down at the start of the season, certainly now you can’t. A top six you can’t write down. Teams are investing heavily.
“They are well managed, they have good players, they are competitive.”