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Most pundits and journalists have written Chelsea off in the race for top four this season.
Chelsea were unable to make any signings this summer due to the transfer ban placed on the club, and the Blues will also be led by a club legend who has little experience as a football manager and has never managed at the top before.
However, Lampard has revealed that he’s excited about the new season and he’s pleased with what he saw from the players during pre-season.
Lampard also admitted that he’s happy that the Blues aren’t being tipped to make top four, insisting that it’s taking the pressure off his squad.
“We have had a good pre-season, but now the real stuff is coming,” said Lampard.
“You can feel it in the air. I am excited and the players are excited, and now we have to deliver. With the ban it’s been very easy to write off this squad, but I am not writing it off. We are hungry to try and prove to everybody we will be up there this year. I believe in this squad.
“What’s important is you have one target within the group, and everyone else has their targets or predictions. I love listening to the radio and hearing people saying we’re not in the top four, and reading all those predictions.
“It means there is a challenge. There is nothing better in football than proving people wrong.
“We should all accept that challenge. What matters is how we approach it. Within these walls we believe we can really have a go. I will drive that and the players will drive that.”