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Lampard: We want to bridge the gap in the Premier League and I strongly believe we will

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is not losing sleep over Chelsea's form this season. The Blues have been inconsistent in the league a...


Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is not losing sleep over Chelsea's form this season.

The Blues have been inconsistent in the league and recently lost heavily at home to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League but Lampard is well aware of the work that needs to be done at Stamford Bridge.

“There’s a reason why we are where we are at the moment,” he said.

“We have not challenged in the Premier League for a couple of years. We have to fight and work as hard as we can on the training pitch and in games to close that gap.

“Come the summer, we want to move forward and make some decisions. But the gap is there.  Tuesday showed that. But that should not dishearten us — now it’s how we finish the season.

“I think the landscape of the Premier League has changed. Man City and Liverpool have set incredible standards in the league, and also we had some outside influences with the ban and with circumstance, a huge player left the club.

“Those things are there. We are certainly on the same page here when I speak with the board, and we have all our conversations, there is no doubt we know we are fighting for fourth place.

“It is a very dated phrase, when people say: ‘You’re Chelsea, there’s no way you should be happy with fourth’. No, the Premier League has changed. It is not like it was for Manchester United players 15 or 20 years ago, or Chelsea players when we were first or second for a period in the mid-2000s.

“It’s not like that anymore and that is the reality. We do want to climb and bridge the gap and I strongly believe we will. But I am very aware of what that is. The players need to be aware of it, and we are as a club.”

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