Premier League

Lampard: Chelsea not among Premier League favourites

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp previously suggested the Blues could win the title due to the huge talent in their squad

4:22pm on Monday 7th December 2020
Martin Macdonald

Frank Lampard insists that Chelsea are not among the favourites to win the Premier League in 2020/21, saying Liverpool and Man City are the teams to beat this season.

This weekend, Jurgen Klopp said Chelsea were the outright favourites for the title due to the quality they have in their squad.

When Lampard first took over as Chelsea boss the club were under a transfer ban, but they made up for lost time this summer, spending over £220m on new recruits, including Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy, and Thiago Silva.

After taking a little while to gel together, they are now one of the best units in the league both in attack and in defence, there they had previously struggled.

Lampard has attempted to take any pressure off the shoulders of his players, disagreeing with Klopp that they are favourites.

"I'm not sure anyone actually went for it," he said of the Liverpool boss' suggestion.

"Liverpool and Manchester City seem to be pretty much everyone's favourites and rightly so with the form they have had over the past three or four years and how they have built up their squads.

Chelsea signings 2020/21

Kai HavertzLeverkusen£72m
Timo WernerRB Leipzig£47.7m
Ben ChilwellLeicester£45.2m
Hakim ZiyechAjax£36m
Edouard MendyRennes£21.6m
Thiago SilvaPSGFREE
Malang SarrNiceFREE

"Even with injuries, you look at the squad Liverpool put out last night with players missing and it's a very good side. Tottenham and Manchester United are in the frame too.

"It's his opinion and he is entitled to it but I think it's clear where we are at - we are in good form but we have players who have just come into this league or younger players.

"Some teams like Liverpool and City have had success with very established Premier League players who have been performing to a high standard for several years.

"We are trying to get there and reach that and that is going to take lots of consistency over the coming months."

Chelsea have lost just one game this season, to champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, but have won eight out of their last nine over the Premier League and Champions League.

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