‘We have to be careful getting excited by top-four finishes’: Chelsea boss Frank Lampard refuses to get carried away after Wolves win seals another season of Champions League football
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard claims the Blues will be looking to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City next season after sealing a top-four finish this term.
A 2-0 win at home to Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season ensured the west London side finished in fourth place to seal a spot in Europe’s premier club competition.
Lampard only took over in the Blues hotseat at the start of the season, when the Blues were hit with a transfer ban and had just sold star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
Frank Lampard admits Chelsea’s target for next season is challenge further up the league table
The Blues will play in next season’s Champions League after a 2-0 final day win over Wolves
The early season difficulties meant many did not predict the Blues would earn a top-four finish come the end of the season, but Lampard wants to start aiming higher in terms of Premier League placings.
He told Sky Sports: ‘I suppose at Chelsea we have to be careful getting excited by top-four finishes, but coming into the job, I don’t think a lot of people put us in that bracket.
‘We know where we are at, it is a progress and can we get better and now we’ve secured top four can we look to improve to close that gap?
‘The gap is there for a reason and there because Manchester City and Liverpool have taken it to different levels.’
The Chelsea boss wants to close the gap between the Blues and league champions Liverpool
Before Lampard can start thinking about next season, the Blues have a FA Cup final to come next weekend against London rivals Arsenal at Wembley.
Chelsea also need to play the second-leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich in August, with Lampard’s side trailing 3-0 from the first match.
The new Premier League season starts on the weekend of September 12, leaving Lampard with little time to plan for the 2020-21 campaign.
Yet the west London side have already been busy in the transfer market, with attacking talents Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech joining the Blues from RB Leipzig and Ajax respectively, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz believed to be next on Chelsea’s list.