Frank Lampard’s post-match Arsenal comments clearly indicate the amount of work that needs to be done at Stamford Bridge ahead of the summer transfer window.
Five games remain in Chelsea’s torrid 2022/23 season, and they are limping towards the end.
Chelsea have lost their last four Premier League matches and are in 12th place, level on points with AFC Bournemouth, their opponents on Saturday, who are in 13th.
Arsenal defeated Chelsea 3-1 on Tuesday night, and they have only scored two goals in all competitions since their 2-2 draw with Chelsea on March 18.
The club’s owners, a consortium including Clearlake Capital and Todd Boehly, know that they must have a better season next year.
Mauricio Pochettino is set to replace Frank Lampard, who was appointed as Graham Potter’s replacement last month.
Chelsea hired Potter in September, replacing Thomas Tuchel, who was also sacked by the club. The new owner is not afraid to make bold decisions.
However, everything needs to settle down before the start of next season. Lampard has admitted that he is struck by what is happening off the field and how it is affecting his players.
“I can see behind the scenes, on the training ground, the reasons why,” Lampard told Sky Sports.
“If you’re going to be a nice team to play against all the time, it doesn’t matter where you go. That won’t change overnight, but we better get there quickly.”
Those words should sound alarm bells in the club’s boardroom and illustrate just how much work has to be done to get Chelsea back to a level where they can merely be competitive.
Chelsea can beat Bournemouth with four undroppable players for Frank Lampard and a pre-Pochettino change.
Chelsea’s dream XI for 2023/24 includes Nkunku, Kane, and three other new signings.