Chelsea boss Frank Lampard warned Roman Abramovich will have two demands this season

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will demand silverware and Champions League qualification from Frank Lampard this season, according to former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood. Chelsea spent around £220million on seven new signings during the summer transfer window. The Blues have had a solid start to the campaign and can go top of the Premier League with victory at Newcastle today (12.30pm).

Chelsea last won the title in 2017 and have not won a trophy since the 2019 Europa League final.

Despite not being able to spend in his first summer in charge, Lampard led his side to a top-four finish last term.

But Sherwood thinks Abramovich will be expecting more from Lampard’s second season.

The ex-Spurs and Blackburn midfielder believes Chelsea can win the title if Liverpool and Manchester City are unable to reach top form.

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“For Roman Abramovich? To finish in the Champions League and win a trophy, in my opinion,” Sherwood told Premier League Productions.

“For me, looking into Chelsea, I think top four. I think they could possibly win the league because it’s so open.

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“Liverpool’s injury problems, Man City a little bit of a stuttering start, Tottenham and Chelsea are the only other two teams I believe can win the Premier League outside of Man City and Liverpool.

“You have to give [Chelsea] a chance. If it’s not going to be Liverpool and if it’s not going to be Man City, they’re certainly going to be in the mix.”

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Just six points separate Leicester at the top of the table and Arsenal down in 11th.

And Lampard says the reduced pre-season will have had an impact on the start to the campaign.

“It’s definitely more open than in recent years and we haven’t seen the gaps open up,” Lampard said.

“I truly believe the lack of pre-season has been a big issue for some clubs and we’ve felt that here, particularly given that we carried on in Europe for extra weeks [at the end of last season].

“There are issues of freshness, no pre-season and of course this ongoing factor of not having fans in the stadiums.

“There are lots of challenges for everybody to try to overcome but what we have to do is find the best way to navigate through them.

“We’re in a decent position at the moment but we want more.”

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