Chelsea's $256 million spending spree demands a title challenge from Lampard

Lampard How Cech And I Attracted Signed Top Players For Chelsea

Lampard said: 'I understand that and I hope Chelsea fans are excited because I am not going to lie, we have brought in a high level of player that we feel will improve our squad.

Chelsea have spent more than £200million on new recruits in a summer of Stamford Bridge rebuilding, but Klopp insisted Liverpool were different from "clubs owned by countries and oligarchs".

Lampard said: "The pressure on me to do better should be standard".

But Chelsea finished fourth last season, 33 points behind champions Liverpool, and Lampard tried his best to dampen expectations ahead of Monday's opener at Brighton, instead speaking about "closing the gap" to the Reds and Manchester City. All you can do is your best as a club.

"And the really smart thing Liverpool have done I think is believe in their coach, believe in their system for a number of years".

"I think with Liverpool's story - and I referenced it a lot last year, Liverpool's story - it's a fantastic story of a club over four-and-a-half, five years that Jurgen Klopp's been there that have managed to get recruitment right to a really high level". Liverpool have done it over some time. I know that as a player and I know when I look around. What we have done is come off the back of a ban and probably try to address the situation ourselves to help improve us. [Manchester] City and Liverpool have run over a few years.

Lampard welcomes Kai Havertz at Chelsea
Lampard welcomes Kai Havertz at Chelsea

In a window reminiscent of the early days of Roman Abramovich's tenure, when Lampard was a player under Claudio Ranieri, the Blues have spent heavily heading into the new season. "And this summer we've spent money on players, and now the hard work has to be done". "I think he has some similar qualities to me and some of the attacking guys we have".

But despite the numerous changes coming, Lampard is adamant that his youngsters will see it as a challenge rather than a threat. And when Jose Mourinho might mention it, he maybe wouldn't have done when he was at Manchester United. I won't pick the team on whether you came from the academy.

"We don't know how well all of these players will gel", he conceded when talking to ESPN FC.

"With a player like Timo, we were very, very keen to bring him in".

"It's not as easy if I felt it would be [like] a computer game, you would feel like a kid in a candy shop because everything would just work because that's the way it works".

"I just see it as a group that is hopefully stronger than a year ago and the players give everything to try to get in the team game after game".