Chelsea need to watch out for all three of Tottenham, Wolves and Manchester United as they go in search of a top-four finish.
Frank Lampard’s Blues went on a winning run from October into November but have struggled to find consistency since.
Although they still hold a four-point gap over fifth placed Spurs, Frank Leboeuf is aware that his former side need to improve.
The former France defender has given his thoughts on the matter to ESPN FC, having won the FA Cup twice with the club in both 1997 and 2000.
“I have concerns, because you have to respect the other teams,” he admitted.
“They’re not going to give up, they’re going to try and catch [Chelsea].
“I’m happy with what Frank does, the work he has done so far and how the team plays. I’m happy with [Antonio] Rudiger coming back and scoring two goals, because he’s going to help defensively too.
“But it’s possible that either Tottenham or Wolves, Man Utd come back to the race and overtake Chelsea at the end of the season.
“I don’t think we should be expecting anything from Chelsea this season because they didn’t recruit this summer, or during the winter market.
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“It’s hard for Frank Lampard, it’s hard for the club, but it’s nice to see them fighting and still a force after a hard summer.
“I’m confident they can still do it. It’s going to be hard, but I’m sure Chelsea can cope with the situation.”
Lampard replaced Maurizio Sarri in the summer who decided to leave for Juventus after the Europa League triumph.
The former England midfielder led Derby into the playoffs in his only previous season as a manager, and he understands that improvement is needed.
Frank Leboeuf made 144 league appearances for Chelsea between 1996 and 2001
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