It was not a lot an admission, however extra recognition of the unavoidable fact when Frank Lampard said that Chelsea are within the firing line of the Premier League’s top-six wannabes.
A type of attempting to benefit from Chelsea’s state of affairs, Leicester Metropolis, have already drawn at Stamford Bridge and one other, Wolverhampton Wanderers, entertain Lampard’s crew at Molineux on Saturday.
Lampard additionally named West Ham United and Everton as two extra golf equipment who’ve spent closely in a bid to money in on Chelsea’s switch ban and the lack of Eden Hazard to Actual Madrid.
Chelsea have already displayed vulnerability throughout their opening 4 video games, which have yielded two attracts, one defeat and a single victory towards Norwich Metropolis.
Wolves are nonetheless trying to find their first Premier League win of the season and but they are going to be smelling blood from the go to of a Chelsea crew nonetheless with out N’Golo Kante and likewise lacking left-back Emerson Palmieri.
The return of Antonio Rudiger might assist to resolve among the defensive points which have seen Chelsea concede 9 targets, one fewer than Norwich, however Lampard can perceive why the Blues have misplaced their concern issue for now.
“It was always going to be the way,” mentioned Lampard. “Significantly from our perspective, we at all times wish to be aggressive however we’re all very trustworthy concerning the state of affairs right here: Eden moved on, and two quantity nines (Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain) moved on who had been the quantity nines typically final season.
“Younger players are coming in, we have to give ourselves a little bit [of time], but we still want to be in there. But that’s not just the story, because you look at the teams that have invested heavily; Everton, West Ham, Leicester. There are teams that quite rightly will be competing and will have ambitions to get in there, so that’s challenging for all of us.”
Requested whether or not he can perceive why the likes of Wolves can sense a chance this season, Lampard added: “Yeah, they need to do. They need to do as a result of from nearly having the ability to write the highest 4 down at the beginning of the season, definitely now you may’t.
“A prime six you may’t write down as a result of, with the enjoying discipline of what we’ve acquired now, the place groups are investing closely, you must respect them. They’re nicely managed, they’ve good gamers, they’re aggressive. There aren’t any straightforward video games within the Premier League, greater than ever.
“We’ve seen it changing before our eyes because I remember last year people talking about Everton and Leicester. And Wolves probably came on their own, competing towards the top six and I think that is the landscape.”
Whatever occurs at Molineux, nevertheless, Lampard insists it’s going to nonetheless be too early to begin leaping to conclusions over Chelsea’s prospects.
“If anyone’s jumping to conclusions, it’s because they’re looking at Liverpool and City, because they are the dominant teams who have got good results so far, particularly Liverpool,” mentioned Lampard.
“We’re on the same points as Manchester United and Tottenham. Other teams that might be less fancied than us are on higher points than us, so I think now is certainly too early to make long-term predictions.”