Frank Lampard is aware that he has a huge task on his hands as Chelsea manager, but insists that his side will be aiming to win the Premier League title this season.
The Blues legend is taking charge of a top flight team for the first time after just one year at Derby amounting to his experience in management so far.
It is a tricky situation that Lampard is taking over, with Chelsea under a transfer ban, meaning he has to work with the squad he was left by Maurizio Sarri, minus Eden Hazard, who has left for Real Madrid.
Despite the things not going in his favour, the 41-year-old is not watering down his ambition, and believes he has the quality in his side to make up the 26 points which separated the Blues and champions Man City last season.
‘The only way I know to change that gap is through absolute hard work and focus,’ said Lampard. ‘Those basics don’t change, and with the transfer ban there is even more clarity because we can’t bring in players.
‘Every day I read City are buying and Manchester United are going to buy. All these teams are going to do business and that’s going to strengthen them.
‘So we have to be realistic, but then I see every day the quality we have here. And I think about the players not here like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Antonio Rudiger and Reece James, and I think we have a competitive squad. I believe in them and there’s more because we have a lot of younger players.
‘There can be an uplift. That’s not me saying I’m going to make the difference. It will be the players who make the difference. So there’s the challenge. Now, can we win the league? It’s going to be a big ask. But we have to set out with that mind-set.’ He added.