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Chelsea fans who expect Chelsea to finish in the top four this season and win a Cup have been accused of having unrealistic expectations for the club this season.
The Blues lost our best player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer and were unable to replace the Belgian due to a transfer ban on the club.
Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes Chelsea fans have to lower their expectations this season because the club is in transition under Frank Lampard.
Redknapp insists it’s completely wrong for fans to expect Chelsea to finish in the top four this season and win a cup.
Redknapp told Sky Sports: “Of course, Lampard has to be treated differently because Chelsea have lost their superstar. Hazard was the one player that would produce a piece of magic to make a goal or score a goal.
“You’ve not been able to buy a player but Manchester United have gone out and got Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, spent £130m-odd on players. But Chelsea haven’t had that luxury so of course, they have to be treated differently.
“And if you think Lampard should finish in the top four and win a cup, you’re deluded. It’s completely wrong to have that expectation.
“This manager needs time, he’s going to give young players an opportunity and if he finishes in the top four, that’s an incredible achievement with this team. They have to finish in the top six, I think, because they have good enough players to do that, plus the know-how and winning mentality.
“He’s not blessed with the best squad Chelsea have ever had. There are not many who would have got in the teams Ashley [Cole] played in or maybe even Antonio Conte’s team. But that’s why they’ve got to be patient, which is not something they’re always keen to have at Chelsea.”