Lampard hopes to bolster Chelsea squad after Champions League exit

Frank Lampard, who enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with the side as a player, feels the club now needs to sign the right players to reach the top again.

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard has guided Chelsea to fourth in the Premier League, the FA Cup final and the Champions League last-16 stage in his first season in charge.   -  Reuters

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard described the rebuild of his team as a work in progress after it crashed out of the Champions League last-16 following a 7-1 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich.

Chelsea's record scorer Lampard enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with the side as a player, winning the Premier League and Champions League among other titles, but suggested that the club needed to recruit the right names to reach that level again.

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“In the last 20 years we had players, teams with prime (Eden) Hazard, (Diego) Costa, (Petr) Cech, (John) Terry and (Didier) Drogba,” Lampard told BT Sport following Chelsea's 4-1 defeat at Bayern in Saturday's second leg.

“Competing for the Premier League year on year, getting to finals and semi-finals regularly. We know that's not the case now... It's not a slight work in progress. It's a work in progress. It's not the norm for Chelsea,” he added,

Lampard, who guided Chelsea to fourth in the Premier League and the final of the FA Cup in his first season in charge, said he would look to further bolster his squad in the close season.

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Chelsea has already spent big to bring in attackers Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

“We'll look at that, because that's our job,” Lampard added. “From having a transfer ban (last year) you feel we've missed where other clubs spent and improved... recruitment is a huge part of this game.

“Nights like this in a footballing sense, show me a lot, tell me a lot,” he added,