Hard works starts now for new-look Chelsea: Frank Lampard

Hard works starts now for new-look Chelsea: Frank Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists he can cope with the pressure of having to deliver a Premier League title challenge after a spending spree of around £200 million ($259 million).

Indeed, Mount's father, Tony, has already come out and denied German reports describing him as unsettled.

"It is not a simple story that bringing in players must win you the league".

But Lampard will now be thinking about his squad for the opening day of the season.

Chelsea ended their long pursuit of one of the stars of the Bundesliga last season by signing Havertz last week after drawn-out negotiations between transfer chief Marina Granovskaia and bosses at Bayer Leverkusen.

They are expected to be significantly stronger this season thanks to the signings of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva, with some pundits tipping them to take Liverpool's title. "I don't want to talk about statements... the work starts now".

Sources have told ESPN they are also in talks with Rennes over signing goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and are keeping tabs on West Ham midfielder Declan Rice - continuing an aggressive approach which prompted Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to claim the Reds can not behave like Chelsea in the market because they are not "owned by countries [or] oligarchs".

'The work started recently unfortunately it's been a broken pre-season for everyone, and we brought in new players across that pre-season, you have to work very hard very quickly, and we'll do that'. "I will pick the team on how I think it should be picked every week, how they train and how they have been performing".

Embracing the increased demand for silverware, he told reporters: "The pressure to improve is standard here". It is why I love doing it.

"We also have to understand he's a fantastic young talent but we must give him time to let him settle, let those talents come through".

Lampard admitted he had compared notes with Havertz on the art of being an attacking midfielder and a creative and goalscoring force, hoping that the top prospect can emulate at least some of the success that made him a club legend during his 13 years as a player at Stamford Bridge.

"Any club at our level has to try and tick the major boxes and recruitment is a huge part of that".

"Last year, we were very happy for Champions League places". But the club has, more importantly, being able to make decisions to bring in players.

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