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The season might have ended gloomy for Chelsea with the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, and the 7-1 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. However, that doesn’t paint the true picture of this Chelsea team Frank Lampard is building.
The Blues boss is building a young and energetic team, and his young side dazzled at times last season, and also went beyond expectations to seal a top four finish.
With the additions of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner ahead of next season, with some other signings expected to join, Blues hero Pat Nevin has admitted that he can’t wait for the new season to begin.
He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “It is time to move on however and with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and doubtless others joining before the new season starts, there will be a fresh new style to look forward to and I suspect most Chelsea fans are excited by the prospect. It has been possibly the most overused phrase about the club since Frank Lampard became the boss, that we are ‘overachieving’ this season and now that the dust has settled it is definitely still the case.
“You could have a glass half-empty attitude and say that we lost the FA Cup final and the last game was an aggregate 7-1 defeat so these are dark times, but anyone sensible who understands football knows this is not the case. There are so many positives and so many hopes for the future. To think how far Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Billy Gilmour have come on this season, and more importantly how much time they have to improve still further, is to realise we could be at the start of another great Chelsea period.
“The average age of the side next season when you add Werner alongside Christian Pulisic, is a detail that every other club in the country will take note of and may well be jealous of as well. Lampard has been astoundingly brave bringing in this group, believing in them, nurturing them and sticking by them. I am sure even they know that not every manager and certainly not every club is willing or able to cherish and care of their kids to this level.”