Chelsea manager Frank Lampard seems eager to see his team challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Last season Lampard guided the Blues to third place, and this season he has stated that his intentions are to challenge Liverpool for top spot.
“We definitely want to close that gap to Liverpool – we have to have intentions to be up there even though it is a big ask to win. We are behind, it’s step by step. Hopefully we can make big strides” Lampard said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
Lampard is aiming high, but that is the right way to go about your business. It is better to have a go, than to timidly accept that you are not going to win the league.
Not the way Chelsea have worked in Abramovich era
That is not the way that Chelsea have gone about things in the Roman Abramovich era. They have won lots of trophies, and judging by the spending the club has done so far this transfer window they aim to get back to the top of the league.
Lampard’s comments can only be motivational for the Chelsea squad. His players will be motivated by the manager’s belief in them.
He wouldn’t have signed the players in the summer if he didn’t think that they could help bring the title to Stamford Bridge.
Players at club will get boost from comments
Not only will those new signings get a boost from the comments, but the players already at Chelsea will as well.
They will buy into the manager’s comments that they can run Liverpool and Manchester City close this season.
Chelsea’s season began on Monday night with a 3-1 win over Brighton. They weren’t at their best, but Frank Lampard’s side managed to get the job done.
It is very early days, but winning whilst not playing at your best is the sign of a team who could well be challenging for a title.
We shall find out just how close Chelsea are to Liverpool when the teams met at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. A win for Chelsea would have the club believing that this could be the year that they bring the title back.
Lampard’s comments will certainly be a motivating factor ahead of that game.
If Chelsea want to win the game against Liverpool and the league, the players need to be up for the fight. Lampard’s belief in their abilities should give them all the confidence they need.