​Former England international Jamie Redknapp has claimed that it would be a great achievement if new ​Chelsea manager Frank Lampard can guide the club to a top four finish in the ​Premier League.

Lampard was ​confirmed as the new manager of the club after Maurizio Sarri moved to Juventus after just one season at Stamford Bridge. With the club facing a transfer ban, Lampard will have to use existing resources to try and ensure they have a successful season.

Taking that into account, Redknapp believes that it should be considered a success if Lampard can keep in the ​Champions League places in the new season.

He told Sky Sports : “The expectation will be to finish in the top four, but they’ve got to be realistic. I think there’ll be moments in the season where it will be a struggle, because of the Hazard effect. It doesn’t matter what manager you have – [Pep] Guardiola, [Jose] Mourinho, anyone – they are going to struggle without that quality of player. But if they were to finish in the top four that would be an amazing season considering the transfer embargo and everything else.” 

Redknapp also reiterated that Chelsea will need to show patience with Lampard but was happy with the move as it would help both parties achieve their goals.

“It’s a great move, not just for Frank but for Chelsea too,” he said. “It’s astute, you need someone who can stabilise the club somewhat when you’ve lost your best player and are under a transfer embargo.They’ve got one of their own, the fans adore him. He’ll need time, there’ll be a lot of changes; you can’t bring in any personnel to replace a big star name like Eden Hazard. He’ll need to be given time, but he will – because he’s Frank Lampard.”


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