Frank Lampard insists Chelsea CANNOT be compared to Manchester City and Liverpool’s title-winning teams who ‘just go out and win, win, win, win, win’ after back-to-back Premier League defeats
- Chelsea have fallen behind in the title race after defeats to Everton and Wolves
- The Blues have stumbled since Jurgen Klopp labelled them ‘title favourites’
- Frank Lampard says Chelsea can’t replicate Liverpool’s title-winning season
- The Chelsea manager says the Blues are behind Liverpool and Man City
Frank Lampard claims his Chelsea side cannot replicate the performances of previous champions Liverpool and Manchester City this season.
The Blues topped the table earlier in the season after a positive start under Lampard which prompted Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to claim earlier this month that Chelsea are favourites to lift the top-flight title in May.
Following Klopp’s remarks, Chelsea suffered back-to-back league defeats to Everton and Wolves to see the west Londoners fall behind in the race, while Liverpool have recovered from a minor blip to top the table at Christmas.
Frank Lampard believes Chelsea can’t win the league like Liverpool and Man City have done
Chelsea have suffered back-to-back defeats after Jurgen Klopp said they were ‘title favourites’
After the first defeat to Everton, Lampard quickly dismissed his team’s hopes of winning this season’s Premier League and has maintained his stance as the season rolls into the New Year.
Lampard told a press conference this week: ‘The realism is we are not a Liverpool of last year or a Manchester City of the year before where you can just go out and win, win, win, win, win. In periods, you have to be ready for some tough moments.
‘Everyone was talking about us going on a great run and we should win the league. Part of my reasoning to dampen that was other teams have probably been together longer and built for longer which builds confidence within the group of players that they can deal with things better in games.
‘Liverpool in their period now, they looked like an absolute machine last year, but there would have moments that they would have gone through over those four or so years as a club where they would have looked at themselves.’
Liverpool lifted last season’s Premier League title after registering 99 points on the board
After Liverpool’s 7-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday, Chelsea lie eight points behind last season’s champions ahead of their game in hand at home to West Ham on Monday night.
Klopp’s Reds are well-placed to retain the title they won last year by registering 99 points and winning 32 out of 38 matches.
Last season, Liverpool were pipped to the title by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City despite scoring 97 points and losing just once.
Lampard believes his Chelsea side should be confident that they are closer to the top than the previous two seasons and that his young and inexperienced side will improve as time goes on.
Manchester City pipped Klopp’s Liverpool to the title the season before by just a single point
Lampard claims Chelsea are behind Liverpool and Man City in their projects but can improve
The Chelsea boss added: ‘The confidence has to remain because we were playing very well and the table is very tight at the top level. We are much closer than we were to the top last year. We just need to remind ourselves of the great things we were doing before these two games.’
‘Part of where our progression is that where we have some younger players and newer players, and I think as times goes on, they will definitely get stronger in those moments. That’s why you have to take lessons from things like the other night when we lose.
‘Personality is very hard to measure. I just think with a group that has been together for a long time and maybe suffered some tough moments and failures.’