Frank Lampard strongly believes Chelsea are capable of challenging for the Premier League title during his tenure but said that it would be foolish to expect his young team to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool right away.
The head coach also explained how the club’s transfer plans may need to be re-evaluated on the back of the coronavirus pandemic, while calling for patience regarding how long it will take to bridge the gap to the country’s current top two.
While he has warned against Chelsea copying City and Liverpool’s approach wholesale, there are also elements to learn from in terms of recruitment processes.
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“I don’t want to jump the gun because I think what Liverpool and Man City have done in the last few seasons is very clear,” Lampard told Sky Sports.
“I think I would be a bit of a fool to make that claim that we will bridge the gap very quickly because there has been a lot of hard work at those two clubs.
“Recruitment on top of great players, great coaches, working together and improving themselves and we have to be part of that process.
“That has to look in our way different. We can’t copy that but we have to look at that. We have had young players, we have had experienced players who have helped us this year.
“But we know there are little areas around the squad. Some of that is us, and some of that we might look to recruit going forward.”
Lampard then went on to explain how challenging it has been to plan the next transfer window because of the uncertainty caused by coronavirus.
With no return date pencilled in for the Premier League and the next transfer window set to be delayed, on top of financial uncertainties across the world, it is impossible to predict.
But the head coach remains sure the club is heading in the right direction.
“This period now and what is going on in the…