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For three consecutive seasons, Chelsea finished way off the league leaders, after finishing in 5th, 3rd and 4th in the past three seasons.
Last season, Chelsea ended up 33 points behind league champions Liverpool, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has heavily backed Blues boss Frank Lampard in the transfer market ahead of the new season.
Chelsea have been the most active team in the transfer market, and Gary Neville has revealed that he’d be under enormous pressure to deliver next season.
According to Gary Neville, Lampard’s season will only be deemed as a success if Chelsea fight for the title until the end of the season.
Gary Neville told Astro Stadium: “It puts more pressure on Frank Lampard this season.
“Will he be under pressure if they don’t challenge for the title? It depends on the performance levels, on how much they close the gap, on whether they win a trophy. ‘There’s a few different factors. It’s not just about where they finish.
“Whether it’s this season or next, Manchester United and Chelsea have to break that top-two, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard have to break that top-two.
“The owners will hope it’s this season but whether it will cost them their jobs or not I’m not sure.”
Neville added: “If Chelsea finish third but were in a title race with three weeks to go, that would be a huge advance on last season.
“Roman Abramovich has invested heavily, I think he knows quality can be brought in with the transfer market affected by coronavirus.
“But I also think he’s invigorated by Frank Lampard’s style of play. He’s always wanted Chelsea to be more fluid.
“You look at Lampard’s team and they’re better to watch. I think Roman Abramovich is heartened by the academy players coming through and is excited by the team.”