Chelsea legend Frank Lampard says that he understands Antonio Conte’s frustrations and believes that the club must spend more money on players.
Conte has made no secret at his unhappiness at Chelsea’s inability to land his top transfer targets, and the club has wasted an awful lot of money.
Speaking to The Sun, Lampard believes that the squad is too thin and that departing players have not been replaced properly. That has allowed the Manchester clubs to surge ahead.
“Manchester City and United have blown everyone else out of the water in terms of their spending in the last two years,” Lampard told The Sun.
“Chelsea have the power to match them but it’s something they haven’t particularly done in recent years.
“Don’t get me wrong, they’ve spent good money. It’s not as if they’ve suddenly stopped buying players.
“But other clubs are spending more and they have to be careful not to get left behind.
“The manager isn’t happy and he obviously feels his squad is a bit thin to battle on so many different fronts.
“And I think he’s been proved correct to a degree because when you win the title and then lose big players like Costa and Matic, you have to recruit to move forward because everyone else is doing that.
“Antonio Conte certainly seems frustrated. He doesn’t mince his words and he’s been pretty honest about how he feels.