Frank Lampard has claimed that Chelsea had to spend and bring in multiple players to make up for the loss of Eden Hazard last year.
The Belgian was one of the best players at Stamford Bridge, representing the Blues more than 350 times and lifted two Premier League titles and Europa League titles before switching to Real Madrid in 2019.
This summer saw Lampard's side make a host of signings, including Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, and Malang Sarr, and Lampard believes the splurge was exactly what the club needed to boost their chances this season.
"For me we lost probably the best player in the league,” the manager said. “We couldn’t do any business so the work we did was on the pitch last year. Teams that are striving to be in and around top six and upwards were spending last year, they were spending again this summer.
"They’ve had the opportunity with the players they bought last year to get them embedded into their teams and we’re dealing with teams above us, which is where we want to get to, where we are aspiring to get to, that have been building their squads for a long time.
"We want to build our squad. We missed two windows and now we come back in and we’ve brought players in with a view to improve us."
He further added that he welcomes the pressure: "I understand it because that's football. With our process there will be time needed, but we want to work against that and get to where we want to be as quick as possible.
"But we should have no problem with expectations. Why would you want to manage Chelsea or play for Chelsea without putting pressure on yourself to succeed or have expectations that come with that? It would be pointless to play for this club otherwise.
"I welcome expectations. We have to put them to the side, work hard and try to live up to them."