Jamie Carrahger has claimed that Chelsea are more likely to finish outside of the top four in the Premier League this season than challenge the top two teams (Liverpool and Manchester City) for the title.
After a fourth-placed finish last season, Frank Lampard’s side are now expected to kick on this year due to some impressive signings in the transfer window.
The Blues have been busy with the additions of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Malang Sarr, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva so far in this window.
They will be able to get an early sign of where they are at on Sunday when they face defending Premier League champions Liverpool, but new signings Chilwell, Ziyech and Silva are all ruled out.
Carragher feels that the “danger” for Lampard is working with so many new players in the squad and has suggested they’ll be in a battle for the top four positions once again.
“The danger with a fresh squad is Lampard’s second season is really more like the first for most managers. There is as much chance of them finishing outside the top four as challenging the top two,” Carragher wrote in the Telegraph.
It’s going to be a tall order for Chelsea to close the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City, who have been miles ahead of the rest in the past few years in English football and have extremely settled teams.
Expectations within the club may be lower than those from outside, but the Blues are a team that want to win trophies in cup competitions and it would be a great achievement to try close the gap in the league to the rest.
It’s a fair point that it may take time for all the new players to gel, but if that does happen quickly Chelsea will be a side to be taken very seriously by rivals.