FRANK LAMPARD has warned Chelsea fans not to expect their team to win the Premier League title just because of the impressive signings the club have made this summer.
The Blues have spent around £200million, bringing in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Malang Sarr, with more to come if they land Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
But Chelsea finished fourth last season, 33 points behind champions Liverpool, and Lampard tried his best to dampen expectations ahead of Monday’s opener at Brighton, instead speaking about ‘closing the gap’ to the Reds and Manchester City.
‘I’m not interested in other people; other people can talk about whether we challenge for the title or not,’ said the Chelsea boss.
‘When you look at the teams that have dominated, Liverpool and Manchester City, they are a story that has run over a few years. It doesn’t work that simply bringing in players mean you win on the pitch. I know expectations will be there. I won’t hide away from that. My expectations are on a different level from last year because we are in a different situation. We want to improve but we won’t jump too far ahead of ourselves.’
Lampard admitted his side must raise their ambitions, adding: ‘I didn’t come into this job to fight for fourth, although I know last year that it was an achievement.
‘I understand the players brought in will get a lot of talk about us. We should be excited but should also have a word of caution that we need to work with the new players.’