Ahead of their Premier League meeting this weekend, Newcastle manager Steve Bruce had good works for Frank Lampard and Chelsea.
Newcastle United gaffer Steve Bruce thinks Chelsea hold the prospect of winning the Premier League title under Frank Lampard. Both the clubs will battle in the English top-flight this weekend. After a third consecutive win, the Blues will fly to St James’ Park on Saturday to hope to gain the three points. And that would lift the Londoners to the top of the league table.
It was a spending transfer window for Lampard (£220 million) as he brought in several developing talents at Stamford Bridge. Although it took some time for all the players to combine together, the recent signs tell a different story. And Bruce admits that he can see the newly-built Chelsea side step into the title fight this season.
“They have bought exceptionally good players. And that makes life a little bit easier if you are Chelsea I suppose,” Bruce told ChronicleLive.
“Of course, you have to find the right balance and they certainly seem to have got that.
“They look a very good side.
“I believe personally they will be there or thereabout with the changes they have made.”
Moreover, Bruce mentioned that he is glad to see the English boss take control of Chelsea.
“When you see people like Frank and Steven Gerrard up at Rangers too, he comes to mind. I am delighted there is new blood who are doing their best,” Bruce added. “I went into the most difficult role of all, player-manager.
“That is even more difficult when you aren’t the best player. I was 39 and not the best player and Dean Saunders reminded me I wasn’t the best player.
“How does that transition work? I made it after eight games that I couldn’t combine the two, it was ridiculous.
“When you are Lampard or Gerrard. Your first team talk or dealing with the players who don’t play for example is tough.
“Tomorrow I will pick 11 who will be as happy as can be. The other 13 or 14 will be upset and disappointed and knocking on my door all week.
“That is what management is about.”