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According to former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard must ensure he guides Chelsea to a top six finish to avoid the season being a disaster.
Johnson believes finishing in the Europa League spot is more realistic for Chelsea after losing Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and not being able to replace him due to the transfer ban.
“I think Frank might have wanted an easier game to start his career at Chelsea, but in some ways it might be a good thing he’s playing a top-six side like United so early on,” Johnson told Betdaq.
“The transfer ban doesn’t make life easy for Lamps at Chelsea, but given his affiliation with the club, he was surely the best candidate to take the job.
“He’s been managed by some of the best around, so will have picked up plenty of traits which should really help him this season, especially when it gets tough.
“If he can somehow get them into the Champions League, I think it will be an amazing season.
“However, I think a Europa League spot is much more realistic, though if they finish worse than sixth, it’s got to go down as a disaster.
“They’ve got still got fantastic players and even though they’ve lost their best, they should still have enough quality to be competing with the better teams in the division.
“Man Utd have obviously spent a fair amount of money this season, but I’m not sure it will guarantee them a spot in the top-four.
“Themselves, Chelsea and Arsenal look pretty well-matched and I think it will be a close race for that final Champions League spot.”