Chelsea finish 4th
Chelsea’s 2019/20 was fairly decent considering the circumstances they found themselves in during the summer.
The Blues would lose star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and were unable to sing anyone to replace him thanks to their transfer ban.
Frank Lampard was also in the dugout with zero top-flight managerial experience under his belt.
However, to their credit, Chelsea were still able to spend pretty much all of the season in the top-four and would eventually finish the campaign in 4th to secure Champions League football.
LILLE, FRANCE – OCTOBER 02: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea inspects the pitch prior to the UEFA Champions League group H match between Lille OSC and Chelsea FC at Stade Pierre Mauroy on October 02, 2019 in Lille, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Chelsea backed to challenge for Premier League
However, it is also worth noting that Chelsea lost a staggering 12 times in the league throughout 2019/20 and if Leicester hadn’t collapsed so spectacularly, the Londoners would have likely finished 5th.
Chelsea’s defensive record under Lampard is pretty dismal as well with the Blues conceding the most goals of the top 10 Premier League sides this past term (54).
Chelsea would also finish 30 points behind eventual champions, Liverpool.
Despite this, Lampard has been tipped to get Chelsea challenging for the title next season by a former player.
Ricardo Carvalho spent six years at Stamford Bridge and Lampard would no doubt love to have a player of his calibre in Chelsea’s backline right now.
But even without a solid defence, Carvalho has recently backed Chelsea to challenge for the Premier League in 2020/21:
“Given he lost Eden Hazard, so far he’s done very well.
“He achieved a Champions League place for next season which of course is very important, and has brought in young, talented players.
“Frank is building a very good team and I expect next year he can fight for the title with those players, for sure.”
Quotes via Goal.