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Chelsea managed to finish in third position last season under Maurizio Sarri. It was a very strange season for Chelsea as the Blues were in third at some point, then dropped to sixth and then rose up to third towards the end of the season.
Ahead of the new season, Chelsea won’t be able to make transfer signings due to the transfer ban, and the Blues will be managed by club legend Frank Lampard who’s relatively inexperienced as a manager. His job at Derby County last season was his first foray into football management.
Manchester City and Liverpool dominated the Premier League last season by a huge margin, as they both fought for the league title until the last day of the season, with only one point separating them. Chelsea finished in third position, 25 and 26 points behind the duo.
Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has now revealed that the plan next season is to close the gap on the leaders, and the Spaniard believes Chelsea can fight for the title.
“Well the truth is that last year they opened a big gap,” Azpilicueta told Sky Sports.
“They raised the level more than anybody could imagine.
“They have been working together with the group of players and the manager for a few years.
“But it’s up to us to raise our level by working hard, by having the focus and the mentality to fight for this title.
“Last season we finished third but it’s in our hands to try to reach the top.”