This post contains affiliate links. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
Coach Frank Lampard insists that the more experienced clubs are ahead of Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title this season.
The Blues they are now in eighth place in the top flight rankings after back-to-back losses. They had won four of five and drawn with Tottenham, but losses to Everton and Wolves have stalled their progress.
Hopes were high after Chelsea finished fourth last season to qualify for the Champions League. They quickly passed through Group E, finishing first to prepare for a round of 16 tie with Atlético de Madrid.
And Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was quick to praise the West Londoners for the way they were playing.
“If I watch football matches at the moment, Chelsea, to me, looks like a favorite.” the german recently said. “They have the biggest team, great players playing well together after a rusty start, and they are full.
“They have incredible opportunities to switch games and make changes from game to game, so that’s it.”
Chelsea looked like a true title contender, but Liverpool left five points ahead. winning 7-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
They have scored 14 goals and conceded two in their last four outings, including one in a surprising draw with Fulham. And Lampard has downplayed comparisons to the Reds and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
“The realism is that we are not last year’s Liverpool or last year’s Manchester City where you can go out there and win, win, win, win, win,” he told a press conference (via Echo of Liverpool).
“In periods, you have to be prepared for some difficult times.”
Chelsea’s journey is just beginning
Lampard has been in charge of Chelsea since July 2019 after leaving Derby County. He has sought to stamp his own style on the Stamford Bridge team and has brought in some big name players.
The likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech have arrived to add class to the ranks. However, the coach believes it will take time to reach the level of the ‘big two’.
He hopes to keep the players’ feet on the ground and moderate the expectations of the fans.
“Part of my reasoning for slowing down is that other teams have probably been together longer and built longer, which builds confidence within the group of players that they can handle things better in games,” he added.
“Liverpool in their current tenure, they seemed like an absolute machine last year, but there would be moments that they would have gone through during those four years or so as a club where they would have looked at themselves.”
Chelsea is next in action when entertain West Ham United Monday.
READ MORE: Chelsea defense to reject loan