Updated: Apr 18
Chelsea have struggled to be consistent this season and are 34 points behind Premier League table-toppers Liverpool.
Frank Lampard has admitted that Chelsea will have to improve their squad during the transfer window in order to close the gap on Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City. The west London side are on track to secure a top-four spot in Lampard's debut campaign as the boss, but are currently 34 points behind Jurgen Klopp's Reds who will land their first league title in 30 years when football resumes. Chelsea haven't signed a player since Lampard replaced Maurizio Sarri at the Stamford Bridge helm as they were serving a ban last summer and failed to make additions in January. When the ex-Derby County coach Lampard was quizzed whether he can see his Blues side catch the top two, Lampard told Sky Sports: "I don't want to jump the gun because what Liverpool and Man City have done in the last two or three seasons has been very clear. "I think I would be a fool to make that claim we can bridge that gap very quickly, because there's been a lot of hard work at those clubs - recruitment of top players, of great coaches, players working and improving themselves. "And we have to be part of that process, that has to look in our way different - we can't try and copy that. "But we have the good young players, we've had experienced players around helping this year but we know there are little areas within the squad [to improve] - some of that we have here already and some of that is how we might look to recruit going forward." Lampard added: "I think this period now has made it very difficult to plan in how this is going to look in weeks or months, so we have to have different versions of plans going forward. "But going into this break I certainly felt like we were moving in the right direction, and with continued progress and working on it day to day, the attitude of the club, myself and the players and with potentially bringing in some players in key areas that we think can help us to try and bridge that gap to Liverpool and City then yeah, I've got a strong belief that we can."