Chelsea were having a successful first season under head coach Frank Lampard.
Before the outbreak of coronavirus around the world caused leagues to be suspended, Chelsea were sitting in fourth place in the Premier League table.
Should the season finish now, it would mean Champions League football again for the club.
However, there are still nine games left to play and there are teams breathing down their neck. Manchester United in fifth are three points behind, while Wolves and Sheffield United are just five points adrift going into the final games of the season.
So, what have some of Chelsea’s top-six rivals had to say on Lampard’s debut season at the club?
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Virgil Van Dijk, August 2019 : “(Hazard) is a quality player and he was important to them but I think they have plenty of quality players.”
“I think they play a little bit different than they did last year.
Oxlade-Chamberlain on players he admires in the number 8 position, September 2019 : “I really like what Mason Mount has been doing. Ross Barkley, as well, can do it really well.”
Jurgen Klopp on Frank Lampard, March 2 2020 : “Frank is doing a fabulous job. It’s brilliant.”
“Super job from what I can see. I like the project a lot. Having that amount of sensational young players is nice.
“To fight for the Champions League places that means you have to beat three or four teams with similar possibilities and circumstances. That’s not so easy.“
Jurgen Klopp looks on (Image: David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Pep Guardiola, November 23, 2019 : “They are so good, they are an incredible team.”
“It’s Chelsea! In the last 20 years, it’s Chelsea, after United the last decade we were the best, but in the last 15 to 20 years it’s Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester United, Chelsea.”
“Before teams were just defending and using…