Chelsea have been handed a transfer ban this season, but club legend and new manager, Frank Lampard, insists that he can be successful without making any new signings in the transfer window.
The Premier League giants are banned from registering new players for two consecutive transfer windows after the games’s governing body, FIFA found them guilty of breaching regulations with respect to the signing of under-18 players.
However, Lampard despite losing star man, Eden Hazard, is confident of achieving good results with the squad that he has.
“I watched a lot of Chelsea last year under Maurizio Sarri,” he said ahead of Chelsea’s pre-season clash with Kawasaki Frontale in Yokohama.
“In terms of the way that the season finished, to win the Europa League and secure Champions League football, it was a successful season. But for me, the story is not to look backwards.
“I know the club very well, I know the players very well. I have my own way that I want to work with the players, and I have to say in one week that we have been training I have been very happy with the attitude and the quality of the players. My job now is to work hard in pre-season with them.
“I like my teams to play with a lot of energy and speed, with and without the ball, so I want to win it back as quickly as we can. When we have the ball, I want to move the ball quickly and create chances and win games and feel like we are playing football that we enjoy. So, that is my job now.
“I think I have inherited very good players. We can’t bring any players in this year, we know that, but I don’t need new players. I am very happy with the squad and determined for us to be successful.”
With the former England international now in charge at Chelsea, fans are hopeful that the talented players in Chelsea’s youth squads will get a chance to make an impression.
“Everybody knows I have a keen eye for the younger players in the academy,” Lampard said. “We have a batch of them fighting to get into the first team. They now have to make the difference. They have to be the ones who play well enough to get into the team.”
The likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi will be desperate to prove themselves with some good performances in pre-season.