Why Chelsea boss Frank Lampard should be worried about beating Arsenal in FA Cup final

The club’s all-time top goalscorer worked under Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink, Ancelotti, Andre Villas Boas, Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez and Mourinho again as a player.

That was inside a spell of just 13 years, while rivals Arsenal were managed by Arsene Wenger and Manchester United were led only by Sir Alex Ferguson throughout the same period.

But his approach to the summer transfer market shows that he knows improvement will be expected in his second year.

With the Londoners having enjoyed huge success across the past 16 years, winning 16 major trophies despite their hire-and-fire strategy, the pressure is on Lampard to begin bridging the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City.

He came good in his first campaign, meeting the target of a top-four finish despite having no real opportunity to sign players until this summer after a transfer ban.

And having spent around £80million on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, expectation levels are increasing for next season – with Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell among those who could follow the pair into Stamford Bridge.


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