Listening Chelsea? Blues told ‘they need to realistic’ under boss Frank Lampard

Jamie Redknapp has warned Chelsea that they need to be realistic about their goals this coming season under the guidance of Frank Lampard.

Chelsea may be the European Champions, and may be back inside the Champions League this season, but there are many that believe it will be a very tough season for the Blues.

Frank Lampard will be testing the waters in the Premier League as boss, the Blues are unable to sign any top-class players, because of the transfer ban, and the club will have to rely on the youngsters to help them challenge for a top four spot.

With that in mind, Redknapp says Chelsea should temper their expectations under Lampard and give the incoming Derby man time.

He told Sky Sports News: “It’s a great move, not just for Frank but for Chelsea too. It’s astute, you need someone who can stabilise the club somewhat when you’ve lost your best player and under a transfer embargo.

“They’ve got one of their own, the fans adore him. He’ll need time, there’ll be a lot of changes; you can’t bring any personnel in to replace a big-name star like Eden Hazard. He’ll need to be given time, but he will – because he’s Frank Lampard.

“The expectation will be to finish in the top four, but they’ve got to be realistic. I think there’ll be moments in the season where it’ll be a struggle, because of the Hazard effect.

“It doesn’t matter what manager you have – Guardiola, Mourinho, anyone – they are going to struggle without that quality of player. But if they were to finish in the top four, that would be an amazing season considering the embargo and everything else.”

Now it does not matter if Lampard is a legend at Chelsea and is loved by many, Russian owner Roman Abramovic doe snot have a lot of patience and will give him the sack sooner rather than later.

Chelsea will do well to get back inside the Champions League this coming season, especially without Eden Hazard, so Lampard needs to get his point across quick as he needs to hit the ground running.

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