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Chelsea are finally back in the Champions League after a year’s absence. The Blues are the last Premier League side to reach the Champions League finals and for Frank Lampard, he believes Chelsea and other Premier League sides don’t have any excuse not to win the Champions League or at least reach the finals.

“Real Madrid are the favourites, from what they did against Man United and what they did in recent seasons, they have superstars in the team,” Lampard told Goal.

“We know the main one but even against Manchester United in the Super Cup, with Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, the rotation in the centre of passing and movement proved the benchmark.

“Everyone is playing catch up. I do think Chelsea have as good a chance as any out of the English clubs, alongside Manchester City. They have a big squad too and a lot of European-style players who may flourish on the Champions League platform.

“I expect the English teams to have one or two in the semi-final. Definitely, it is time to see an English club compete. There are no excuses for me. Christmas, having no break? Physical league? Not good enough.

“We invest enough in football, we are lucky to have a huge investment in the league because it is so popular. Clubs have brought in players from all over the world, even lesser clubs.

“If you get beaten in the Champions League, then that’s because you have been beaten by a better team. It is as simple as that. Unfortunately, for the English teams, the real best teams have been a Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich for a time.”

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