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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was announced as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement last week after weeks of intense speculation.
Lampard will be unable to make new signings this summer to improve the Chelsea squad due to the transfer ban imposed on the club.
Former Tottenham defender Pascal Chimbonda believes Chelsea’s inability to sign new players will see the Blues miss out on a top four finish next season.
“Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Man Utd will finish in the top four next season,” Chimbonda told Sportingbet. “Man City and Liverpool will battle it out for the first place, but Tottenham won’t be far off.
“Man Utd will finish in fourth place. Chelsea will struggle with losing Hazard and having a transfer ban and Arsenal don’t have the same pulling power as the other teams. So I can see them two missing out.”
Chelsea finished ahead of Tottenham last season and Chimbonda believes his former club will finish ahead of Chelsea next season.
“Next season is Tottenham’s best chance of closing the gap on Liverpool and City, so they have to spend big in the transfer market,” he added. “The issues at Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd have to be capitalised on.
“With Chelsea’s transfer ban, Tottenham are the most desired club outside of City and Liverpool.
“Arsenal won’t be able to attract the big players after failing to qualify for the Champions League and Man Utd are going through a transitional period which has taken its toll on the club.
“Tottenham have to cement themselves in the top three next season and be title contenders throughout the season.
“This is the club’s chance to separate themselves from Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd.”