Chelsea legend Frank Lampard insists Antonio Conte deserves to be backed at Chelsea because he has proven to be a top manager.
“The second season for any manager is hard after he has enjoyed so much success,” he added. “The expectations are high, he did so well last season, but Champions League football brings a whole new dimension to Chelsea’s season and he will know that this squad needs to be strengthened,” Lampard told Yahoo Sports.
“It has been difficult in the transfer market so far, but I think the club will give him the players he wants in the end. Chelsea have backed their manager over the last 10 or 15 years and I expect them to do the same now.
“This manager deserved to get that backing. He took a club that finished 11th in the table and with real problems to winners of the Premier League, so I’m sure he will get the support he needs from the club because he has proven himself to be a top manager.
“No one at the club will have neglected the reality that they have a top manager on their hands there and the new contract he signed confirmed the faith is there in him.
“Some people read a lot into the fact that he didn’t extend the contract and just signed an improved deal, but he signed it and maybe we should let this play out and see where we are at the end of the transfer window before passing too many judgements on Chelsea.”