Chelsea have been told they could end up going backwards after their summer transfer spree.
That is the opinion of Jamie Carragher, who believes Frank Lampard has his work cut out getting the new crop to gel.
The Blues have spent over £200m on players this summer, including a club-record £72m on Kai Havertz.
The German is joined by Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Hakim Ziyech.
And there could be more to come with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and West Ham ace Declan Rice firmly in Lampard's sights.a
Chelsea fans are over the moon to see the new arrivals coming in but Carragher has warned them to be careful what they wish for.
He said: “Bruno Fernandes made a huge difference when he came in from January.
"I thought he was outstanding, and if he can continue it this season I think they could go a lot closer.
“I think the thing we should remember with Chelsea and all these players in is the most difficult thing in management, something I remember Sir Alex Ferguson saying, is managing change.
“Frank Lampard is managing change at his club after 12 months.
"Normally a manager manages change after having a cycle of four or five years and the team needs to evolve and move on.
“Frank’s bringing six or seven players in and that’s not easy so Chelsea could easily go backwards.
“They’re bringing those players in to propel them forwards, they had to make changes, I get that, but it can easily go the other way.
“It’s not easy to bring those players and make them gel and we know for certain, not all of those transfers are going to work.
“Not all of those players they’ve brought in will be successful so that’s why I still see Manchester United as being possibly the closest challenger to the top two.”
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Chelsea won their opening Premier League clash against Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Monday night.
Jorginho netted a penalty in the first half before a rocket from Leandro Trossard levelled the scores after the break.
But Reece James unleashed a terrific drive that saw the Blues regain the lead just minutes later before Kurt Zouma scored from a corner.
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