Chelsea manager Frank Lampard reiterates that even if his side qualify for Champions League next season, it doesn’t mean they are potential challengers for the 20/21 Premier League title.

The blues are on the verge of securing European football next season as they sit third in the table and one win will secure their qualification. Lampard takes his side to Liverpool later today in which a win against the champions will certainly spoil their trophy celebrations.

An FA Cup final and potentially securing a top-four finish will certify that Lampard’s first season in charge of the blues has been a successful one.

Although Lampard recognises that if they were to achieve their number one goal at the start of the season, it won’t make them Premier League title contenders.

“We have to say it was the number one goal at the start of the season because it’s the competition that’s in front of you at the start. It’s the competition that you have to produce the most consistency, which generally means the top teams come to the top. It’s a gauge of where you are as a club and it’s the prestige of wanting to stay in the Champions League.

“We’ve done it a lot over the last 10 or 15 years at Chelsea. This year I think was probably the most testing time to try and be in there, so if we do I’ll be happy. 

“Does it mean we’ll be challenging for the league next year? No. It just means we’ve made a really good step this year, if we get there, and then we have to go ‘how do we bridge that gap?’, which remains a lot of points. So hopefully it will be positive, we’re not there yet, and there’ll be much more work to do after that.”