Ahead of the new season in the Premier League, Frank Lampard spoke about Chelsea’s possibilities to fight for the title this season.
It’s safe to say that Frank Lampard is arguably amongst the most exciting new managers in world football due to his work at Chelsea. Last season, the Englishman didn’t have all the resources that the Blues usually have in regards to transfer options.
That ban from UEFA was heavy on the whole squad and nobody believed they would get far during the season. But somehow, Roman Abramovich was able to see what Lampard could become during his first year.
From the gaffer’s own words, we can already tell how passionate he is about taking this club to the very top. It’s clear that a part of his heart remains at Chelsea and he will do everything in his power to make them win more important titles. Lampard sat down with Sky Sports to talk shop and deliver an honest take of what this new season has in store for him and his players.
Looking back at Lampard’s first season.
“I loved the nurturing last year, but I never wanted us to become an academy club,” he revealed to Sky Sports.
“That story is great for five minutes and those debuts when you hand them out are really nice. But then it moves very quickly to people asking if you can win games now.
“When you see the injection of players and what they can bring – they have all brought personality with them already – that should bring a level of competition that lifts the squad to new levels.
“My feeling and my senses suggest the players are feeling that, but we have to show that on the pitch, and it is my job to manage that and take us forward.
How the transfer ban affected him.
“Last year we spoke a lot about the transfer ban, and it was very relevant. To come fourth last year was a big achievement and it certainly felt that way with the competition around us. That’s done now, and now we are looking at whether we can get better, whether we can improve as a club?
“I’m a Chelsea fan and any fan should get excited about the type of players we have brought in. It’s something we had a long look at last year. The ban allowed us to look at areas we wanted to improve, the profile, type and age of player we wanted to improve us in the long term.
“It feels good because it has been work, it’s what you set out to do. Recruitment is a huge part of trying to be a club that is successful at the top of the Premier League.
“Liverpool and Manchester City are big examples of that, they have got big coaches and great players they have brought in at the right time. We’ve made positive moves, now it comes down to work and whether we can show it on the pitch.”
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea begin their Premier League journey today at Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium.