Chelsea’s 17 game unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end against a physical and disciplined Everton team. Having spent over 250£m in the summer to bolster their squad, the Blues were guilty of not creating any clear cut chances against the Toffees. Jurgen Klopp recently claimed Chelsea are the favourites to win the Premier League this season due to the amazing squad Frank Lampard has at his disposal. However, a frustrated Lampard has hit back claiming Chelsea are nowhere near to the likes of recent champions Liverpool or Manchester City.
Speaking after the defeat to Everton Lampard said it was ridiculous to state his team are title contenders. The Blues manager added “That’s life, it’s a long season. If it makes some people who are talking about us winning the league, saying we’ve got the best squad in the league, it’s ridiculous stuff. When you talk about best squads you have to look at the teams who have won it in the last two or three years, their squads are full of strikers and wingers who scored 30 or 40 goals a season.”
“Midfield players who have won league titles all over the place, experienced people who have won it and Champions Leagues. We have some, we have some, but we also have young players and as a squad we aren’t there.”
“If you ask me in a couple of years and I’m still here and we’ve won a couple of leagues I’d say yes, but at the moment people want to look at our squad and talk about it. It’s gone very quick, I spoke after West Brom and Southampton and we were nowhere near good enough, rubbish, useless. Now last week we’ve got the best squad and we’re going to win it.“
“We’re probably somewhere in the middle that’s the reality of it and we’ll have to work through it. It was a big test for us tonight, we didn’t pass it but we will in the future.”