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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been warned he can’t expect Chelsea to win the Premier League this season just because the club spent £200 million on new players during the summer transfer window.
This is according to Arsenal legend Paul Merson, who insists there has to be a plan at Chelsea.
Merson wrote in his column for Sky Sports: “If Chelsea don’t beat Fulham, should they sack Frank Lampard? It depends what Chelsea want this year. It’s alright saying: ‘Let’s get rid of Frank’ but who comes in? Do they go back in for Rafa Benitez?
“If you’re going to bring in Andriy Shevchenko, what’s the difference? It’s the same as Lampard, he hasn’t managed world-class players, and will need time.
“It’s not like you can bring in a Carlo Ancelotti for a quick fix. Sooner or later, there has to be a plan at Chelsea. You can’t spend £200m and think you’re going to win the league, it doesn’t work like that.
“Lampard did a great job last year, and it’s the first time he has worked with world-class players. Give him a chance. The way the season is going, if you can win three games on the trot, you’re back in the title race.
“If this was Chelsea’s points tally last season or the season before, I’d say Chelsea are in trouble. But not this season. They’re still in it, big time. I still don’t think Chelsea are out of it. Whoever you are, put five wins together and you’re in it.”