Lampard says he is aware of higher expectations after Chelsea's spending spree

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he is aware of the extra pressure that comes following their summer spending spree.

What would be the minimum objectives Lampard should achieve this season?

Some would say that, after reportedly spending over £200million, it has to be a Premier League title, perhaps a few domestic cups and progress in the Champions League.

The more lenient fans would argue that it will take time before the new signings adapt to their new environment and competition; therefore, challenging for the title would be a more realistic goal.

Whichever camp you are in, you would expect significant improvement from the top-four finish Lampard earned last season and he clearly understands that.

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He told The High Performance podcast: “I’m very aware that a club like Chelsea, even though we had a transfer ban, even though the year was difficult, expectations are going to go up hugely,”

The Chelsea manager also expects they would face inevitable “messy patches” ahead of them as he pointed out losing the FA Cup final against Arsenal and to Bayern Munich in the Champions League as last season’s underwhelming run.

“We have to analyse why we conceded 50 goals, and not just me saying, ‘yeah, it’s because of him’, and ‘he could have done better’,” he explained.

“What could have I done better? So the messy patch is always going to come.”

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Lampard argued that, even for managers who had a better season such as Jurgen Klopp, they would still aim higher next time.

“[For Klopp] It will be, ‘where’s next’,” the Chelsea boss added.

“So my version of that has to be, ‘How can I keep going and improving, and be ready for the messy patch’.”

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