New York City midfielder Frank Lampard has backed former club Chelsea to respond after a disappointing start to the Premier League season, reports Sky Sports.
Jose Mourinho's side, who secured the title last term, have failed to produce the goods in the early stages of this campaign, claiming just four points from their opening four fixtures.
Lampard, of course, departed Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2014, and he's insisted that Chelsea will prove their credentials under the guidance of Jose Mourinho once again.
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"These things can happen," he told Sky Sports News HQ. "They were a dominant side last year and won the league quite rightly.
"Sometimes things don't always go as well for you but Chelsea are certainly capable of coming back from that.
"I always fancied Chelsea and City to be the strong teams this year.
"I have such an affiliation with Chelsea that I've always got my eye on them and I've got no doubt that they are going to come back and still have a strong season."
It would be foolish to rule Chelsea out of the running in the Premier League title race at this stage. At the end of the day, Jose Mourinho's side still have a massive 34 games to play in England's elite division this season, so there's no reason why they won't be able to sustain a title challenge.
With the attacking quartet of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro, the Blues have one of the most exciting and dynamic forward lines in European football.
One thing's for sure, the Blues must improve sooner rather than later, and it's certainly not going to get any easier for them as they travel to Merseyside to take on Everton this weekend. It will be another huge test for Mourinho's team, who will be determined to bounce back.
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