N’Golo Kante insists Chelsea are ‘well placed’ to challenge for silverware this season and suggested the club are eyeing a title challenge under Frank Lampard.
Chelsea secured a top four finish and Champions League qualification last season before embarking on an expensive summer of recruitment, splashing more than £200m on a host of new additions including Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell.
The west London side’s lavish summer spending has raised optimism they can challenge for major honours this season and the club currently sit three points adrift of league leaders Leicester, compiling an eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions prior to the international break.
That run includes winning four consecutive fixtures with the likes of Ziyech and Werner having impressed since their summer arrivals, and Kante believes Chelsea are ‘well placed’ to challenge for a first title since the 2016/17 campaign – the Frenchman having also lifted the title a year earlier with Leicester.
“The team has changed in recent years, the coach has been here for a year working together,” Kante told TF1.
“I think we have signed a fair amount of new players and what we are trying to do is to maintain Chelsea’s standards, win titles and be at the top in England.
“We are well placed at the moment, I hope we will continue in this vein.
“And I hope that we will qualify for the Champions League as quickly as possible again.”