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Chelsea finished a whopping 26 points behind champions Manchester City and 25 points behind Liverpool last season. City ended the season as league champions, while Liverpool won the Champions League.
Chelsea won the Europa League and finished third last season, but the Blues were way behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
One could wonder how Chelsea will fare behind these two next season due to the managerial change, the loss of star player Eden Hazard and the transfer ban.
Lampard has boldly declared that the Blues can challenge the top two as he said: “I agree the standards are really high in terms of points and performances from the top two – we all know that.
“That’s not just a challenge for us, it’s a challenge for a few clubs who were quite a way behind.
“The only way I see it – particularly with transfer ban – is we have to work. As a player the only way I’d get out of bad patch was to work – and even when In good form I wanted to improve.
“My main ethic is what we do daily in training will bridge that gap – because I believe we have the quality to bridge that gap.
“I know that – and genuinely feel that.”
Lampard has vowed to compete next season no matter the situation, and he intends to do that using the youngsters who deserve a place in the Chelsea first team.
Lampard said: “The reality is we should be competing no matter what,” he said this week.
“My job is to find the balance between being competitive and bringing some of the younger players through. My eyes will always be open to the young players but they have to show that they’re good enough because this is Chelsea and we can’t lower our levels too much. I’m not going to do young boys a favour by putting them in the team – they have to get there on merit.”