Next season will be a challenge for Chelsea. With no transfer windows to improve an already inconsistent squad and the trust placed on youth to fill the gaps in quality in the squad, you’d be forgiven for being negative about Chelsea’s chances of securing silverware next season.
However, despite these setbacks, there is no reason why Frank Lampard can’t lead the club to at least an FA Cup or League Cup triumph next season.
Cup competitions often provide teams with useful distractions away from dwindling league form as shown by Wigan Athletic, who won the FA Cup and then went on to get relegated in the same season.
Last season can also provide Lampard with the hope that he could just sneak some silverware through the doors of Stamford Bridge next season. Maurizio Sarri’s team were often on the end of brutal away results to top teams in the Premier League, as the Italian struggled in England. Chelsea were thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City just two weeks before they managed to hold Pep Guardiola’s side to a 0-0 draw over 120 minutes in the Carabao Cup final.
As well as last season’s exploits, no club knows how to use a cup competition as a good distraction away from shocking league form better than Chelsea. In 2012, the Blues finished a lowly sixth in the Premier League, however, went on to complete one of the biggest shocks of the season, as they completed an FA Cup and Champions League double.
Next season may look bleak on paper, however, history has shown in the past that cup competitions can provide for good distractions from league form. Lampard has hope that he can be a winner in his debut season at the Stamford Bridge.