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Lampard insists Chelsea can bridge the gap to Man City and Liverpool

Frank Lampard is confident that Chelsea can bridge the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool this season.

Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season, however, the Blues were a distant 25 points behind runners-up Liverpool who pushed champions City to the final day in a thrilling title race.

Chelsea manager Lampard admits Man City and Liverpool were significantly ahead of the chasing pack last season, but is confident his side can improve and close the gap on last season’s top two.

“Manchester City and Liverpool showed there was a gap, everyone has to make it up,” Lampard told the press ahead of his sides opening fixture away to Man United on Sunday.

”We will aim to win and of course we want to be in the Champions League every year. We are realistic and we just have to work our hardest,” Lampard said in his pre-match press conference.

“Yes [it is bridgable] because this is football. One of the beauties is that you start again fresh.”

Lampard’s first pre-season at Stamford Bridge has been hindered by his inability to strengthen in the transfer market. Chelsea are currently serving a two-window transfer-ban, but Lampard is confident his side can remain competitive this season.

“It is what it is. We have to remain competitive while we are in this position. With the ban it has been easy to write off this squad, and I don’t write off this squad at all.

“I think that what is important is that you have a target within the group. What matters is how we approach things. We will see how we go.”

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