Frank Lampard: You’ve spent big too, Jurgen

Frank Lampard calls Jurgen Klopp comments 'slightly amusing'

Getting the players to gel in his line-up will be a challenge as history confirms that clubs signing a glut of high-profile players often struggle to fit all the pieces of a new-look jigsaw together, with Lampard believing he is merely playing catch-up on his rivals this summer.

The ongoing fall-out from Covid-19 crisis may have kicked a financial hole in the ambitions of a majority of clubs around Europe, but Chelsea were protected by a cash balance that ensured owner Roman Abramovich did not need to open his wallet to give Lampard a fantasy football wish list.

"I found it slightly amusing because when you talk about the owners of clubs, I don't think it matters what line of business they come from", Lampard told British media.

"I loved the nurturing a year ago, but I never wanted us to become an academy club", he told Sky Sports.

"The reality is probably that other than Leicester, most clubs that win the Premier League have recruited well and recruited at a high level money-wise".

"You can go through the Liverpool players - [Virgil] Van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, [Naby] Keita, [Sadio] Mane, [Mohamed] Salah". Liverpool have done it over a period of time. We know that Liverpool have spent at a high level.

"When you see the injection of players and what they can bring - they have all brought personality with them already - that should bring a level of competition that lifts the squad to new levels".

"We want to get back to where Liverpool and Manchester City are, but they have been a work in progress for a number of years. It's a great story but it's a story where they've spent money on players".

Hakim Ziyech is another new recruit at Stamford Bridge.

"There is a lot of work getting almost 100 points in a season so we need to try to bridge that gap in our own way". And when Jose Mourinho might mention it, he maybe wouldn't have done when he was at Manchester United.

"Sometimes if you have the opportunity to invest at a club, managers at a top club, you try to do it as well as you can". But to try to improve the club, and that's part of our plan.

Chelsea have always been accused of hoarding young talent without a clear pathway to the first-team and Lampard's policy was a welcome change, however, the Blues boss insists he "never wanted" to become an "academy club" and says the focus should be on whether his side can compete for silverware.

"And my job is to work with that, and my job is not to get too caught up in the comments of others".



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