Guardiola Admits That Chelsea Have Impressed Him

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Frank Lampard is yet to get his first win as a Chelsea manager in a competitive fixture, as the Blues suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat against Manchester United in our first league game of the season. Chelsea then played out a 2-2 draw with Liverpool and lost the game on penalties.

Many have written off Chelsea from being title contenders this season, but Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been impressed with the Blues under Lampard and still believes that Chelsea can contend for the title.

“I am really impressed with Chelsea and how they have played against Manchester United and Liverpool,” Guardiola said.

“I was really surprised how well Frank Lampard’s team played. And we saw the quality United have upfront and the new mood around the club. Arsenal have bought good players too, so they are all contenders.”

Despite a winless start to the season, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists the last thing he would do as Chelsea manager is to be negative.

“Things surprise you in football management every day but the situation has been exactly what I expected,” Lampard told Sky Sports.

“I knew about the transfer ban, I knew Eden Hazard had left the club, I knew we were losing two strikers in Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain and I knew we couldn’t buy anyone. I knew we had five or six major injuries.

“I knew all that but the last thing I want to be is negative. I want us to be competitive this year and we still have a strong squad. We have to be a bit patient because those other factors are there.

“But that doesn’t mean we can’t go out there with that competitive head on and challenge in everything that we do. My job is to focus on the task at hand.”

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