By Gary Cotterill, Sky Sports News reporter
Last Updated: 03/07/20 6:38pm
Kepa Arrizabalaga feels Chelsea will be in a position to challenge for the Premier League title
Kepa Arrizabalaga is backing Chelsea to challenge for the Premier League title in the near future.
Before defeat at West Ham on Wednesday, Chelsea had won their last five games in all competitions – a run that has seen Frank Lampard nominated as Premier League manager of the month.
Their impressive form, style of play and activity in the transfer market already this summer, has led to some, including Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson and former Chelsea player Shaun Wright-Phillips, tipping them as title contenders.
“Let’s hope we are talking in a year’s time and that we are candidates to challenge those two teams (Liverpool and Manchester City),” the goalkeeper tells Sky Sports News.
“We have a great squad and we have a great manager. We can’t deny the gap, in points, between us and the top two, but I’m confident we can close that gap next season.
“We know we need to improve, but it is a hope we all have. There’s a confidence that it is possible.”
Speculation has been growing on the long-term future of Kepa Arrizabalaga at Chelsea
That run of successive wins coincided with Arrizabalaga’s return to the starting line-up.
A dip in form had seen the world’s most expensive goalkeeper replaced throughout January and February by Willy Caballero.