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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has accepted that he will be judged differently this season compared to last season when he was left with a transfer ban and the loss of the team’s best player.
Lampard was able to secure a top four finish as he recruited some of the club’s youngsters to help.
Ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, Lampard had done some high-profile signings, which will definitely change the expectation levels.
The Blues manager also thinks that opposition managers will now try to use their positions to try to heap pressure on Chelsea due to the massive amount spent on transfers, but he is determined to ignore the mind games.
“Those are the rules,” he said. “I would probably reference it elsewhere. I would probably mention the transfer ban quite a lot last year. Maybe I felt that was some of the reason we were 30 points behind the top two teams. [Tottenham manager] Jose Mourinho might mention it.
“He maybe wouldn’t have done when he was at Manchester United. These are the rules. Sometimes if you have the opportunity as a club, managers working at a top club, you try and do it as well as you can.
“I feel we’ve done it this summer with a view on bringing in young players of very high talent, with the exception of Thiago Silva and his age, but to try and improve the club. That’s part of our plan. My job is to work with that.
“My job is not to get too caught up in the comments of others because a lot of managers who work for clubs at this level will be spending money and will be judged by how well we spend money and bring players in, and be judged by how well we coach them and the results we get.”