New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has no concerns over the fact he cannot bring in any new faces during the summer transfer window as he feels the squad is already strong enough to challenge for honours.
Chelsea are under a transfer embargo and are appealing but will not be able to add to their squad this summer. The Blues have brought in Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in a deal that was agreed in January, while Mateo Kovacic’s loan move from Real Madrid has been made permanent.
The west Londoners have lost star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid but former Chelsea midfielder Lampard is convinced the squad can fight for the top prizes in the season ahead. “I watched a lot of Chelsea last year under [former boss] Maurizio Sarri,” he said.
“In terms of the way that the season finished, to win the Europa League and secure Champions League football, it was a successful season. But for me the story is not to look backwards.
“I know the club very well, I know the players very well. I have my own way that I want to work with the players, and I have to say in one week that we have been training, I have been very happy with the attitude and the quality of the players. My job now is to work hard in pre-season with them.”
He added: “I think I have inherited very good players. We can’t bring any players in this year, we know that, but I don’t need new players. I am very happy with the squad and determined for us to be successful.”
Chelsea are 23.00 to win the Premier League outright and 10.00 to win the FA Cup in Lampard’s first season in charge.