By Andrew Seaby For Mailonline
Published: 14:55 BST, 14 September 2020 | Updated: 14:55 BST, 14 September 2020
Frank Lampard walked into the Chelsea job with a transfer ban, Eden Hazard sold and an intention to integrate promising academy prospects into the first team. Twelve months on with over £200million spent so far, are Chelsea now considered title challengers?
When Lampard took over at Chelsea it was one of those moments you never forget. A legend of our football club, arguably the best ever, Lampard had played a pivotal role in our success for over a decade.
Many people called the appointment into question claiming that he could damage his reputation with the Chelsea fan base. Lampard acknowledged this and insisted that it was a part of his life which is now over and it was time to create something new as a manager.
Frank Lampard was appointed as the Chelsea manager during the club's transfer ban in 2019
Loved by the Chelsea hierarchy and Chelsea fans worldwide it was clear that Lampard was at the beginning of a new era at the club. Ever since Roman Abramovich took over and blazed a trail for other owners to follow, the levels of expectation had dramatically increased. A title challenge as a minimum in addition to a trophy seems to have been the benchmark with little wriggle room for each manager entrusted since.
As Lampard settled into his office at Cobham there was talk amongst the Chelsea fans as to what the expectation would be this time around. The consensus was that a push to challenge for the top six and a good cup run is where we should be. It was a dramatic change for the first time in 15 years based on the factors that Lampard had to deal with when he first came in.
Fast forward to the end of the season and he achieved above and beyond what we thought: a top-four finish sealing Champions League qualification, the