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Lampard on Conte, Lukaku and Chelsea getting back on top in Europe

Date Posted,June 24, 2017

Frank Lampard has backed Antonio Conte to lead Chelsea to more glory next season.

After speculation that the Italian would leave Stamford Bridge, Conte is now staying.

And Lampard – who scored 210 goals for Chelsea in more than a decade at the club – believes Conte and his squad can handle the extra demands of Champions League football as well push for successive Premier League titles.

Lampard conceded that the absence of European football helped Chelsea’s cause last season as they were crowned champions.

“Chelsea were very strong last year and the players they are talking about bringing in, then I think they will improve.”

Conte enjoyed an excellent debut season in England (Photo: AFP)
Lampard knows all about success with the Blues (Photo: Daily Mirror)

Among those are Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco in a £45million deal that will be completed this week and there is a potential £70million bid for Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.

And that is a deal Lampard would welcome.

“I think what he has done over the last two or three years is very good,” said Lampard. “Chelsea bought him as a youngster and maybe it was too early or maybe he didn’t get the chances then.

“But I love his attitude – the way he plays. He is very determined. I remember training with him. He was always practising. He deserves the best and if you are talking about Chelsea and if Diego Costa does move on, they want to get someone like for like in the style of a big front man to score goals, then Lukaku has proved he can do that.”

Lampard says Lukaku can make a big impact back at Stamford Bridge (Photo: PA)

And is clear that Lampard has immense respect for Conte.

“For me, he was their man of the season. I am all for players getting credit but because it was such a dramatic uplift from the year before, you have to give him huge credit. I think he is a huge signing for them.”

And the Champions League ? “I think they have got the quality,” said Lampard. “I think the striker is an issue because to win anything at the top end, you need top strikers. Strikers will win you leagues and Champions Leagues.”

Lampard played 29 games for New York City in the MLS and he is convinced it would suit the likes of his former England and Chelsea team mate John Terry who has left Stamford Bridge.

“Yes, I would recommend it to any player,” said Lampard. “I feel that the Premier League is the best league in the world and that’s that. The MLS though is growing very fast and to John Terry and any other players I would only have great things to say about it.

“Go over there and play, see the way of life over there. It is brilliant. Most stadiums are sellig out, week in week out. It is growing fast.”

British football player, Frank Lampard
Lampard enjoyed his time in New York (Photo: GETTY)
Patrick Vieira during an open training session
Lampard has a lot of respect for his former NYCFC boss (Photo: YouTube/New York City FC)

Lampard also feels Patrick Vieira – currently the manager of New York City – will succeed in his new role.

“I do,” said Lampard. “ When you are a player who has had such a great career, that carries weight in itself. You have to do the dirty work and he has done that at Manchester City with the young lads there.

“He has gone to New York and I think it is very impressive. He has done very well and they are playing a good brand of football.”

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