It’s been a tricky start to the season for Chelsea FC. Frank Lampard’s team has picked up just 5 points from their opening 4 games. The Blues were thrashed by rivals Man Utd at Old Trafford on the opening day and threw away a 2 goal lead at Stamford Bridge against newly-promoted Sheffield United. However, fans and pundits alike argue that the future is bright for this team.
What do Chelsea fans deem to be a successful season? The title seems out of reach at the moment. Manchester City and Liverpool look a cut above the rest of the teams in the Premier League right now. Would a cup win and qualification for next season’s Champions League be enough for Frank Lampard?
During this article, we’ll analyze some of the biggest obstacles that Chelsea face this year. However, we’ll also evaluate their strengths. If you’re betting on football this season, stay right here. We’ll tell you everything you need to know.
Can The Blues Overcome Adversity?
Chelsea’s biggest issue is the transfer ban that’s currently looming over the club. While teams like Man Utd, Arsenal, and Man City were adding to their already talented squads, Frank Lampard was powerless. The Blues were hit with a two-year transfer ban after allegedly breaking rules in regards to signing young players.
Deals for Christian Pulisic and Mateo Kovacic were already agreed before the ban was imposed. Despite that, the Chelsea squad is still depleted in several areas. This has left manager Frank Lampard with no other option than to rely on young players like Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.
Losing your best player is difficult at the best of times, but the transfer ban only added to the pain of Hazard’s exit. The Belgian forward sealed his dream move to Real Madrid in the summer after months of speculation.
Lampard hasn’t found the solution to this problem yet, but the season is still young. There’s plenty of time for players like Christian Pulisic to step up. Let’s judge him at the end of the campaign when he’s had time to adjust to life in the Premier League.
Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining
The sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid paved the way for players like Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham. The latter has hit the back of the net four times already while Mount has grabbed a couple of goals himself. The future certainly looks bright for these young superstars. We truly believe that they’ll be successful at Stamford Bridge for years to come. Their talent is clear for everyone to see.
What Are Lampard’s Objectives?
Given the situation that the club is currently in, we don’t think Roman Abramovich will be demanding any Premier League titles. However, Chelsea will fancy their chances of picking up a domestic trophy.
Furthermore, the Blues will be desperate to qualify for the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea will compete against Valencia, Lille, and Ajax in the group stage. If Lampard can finish the season with a domestic trophy and secure a top-four finish in the EPL, his first year as manager will be a massive success.