Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that his side are not in the race to win the Premier League title this season.
Lampard is pleased to be above defending English champions Manchester City in the league table at the moment, but he does not see Chelsea as challengers for the championship.
The former England international midfielder believes that the Blues should not get carried away with their current run of form.
Lampard told Chelsea’s official website: “I don’t see beyond the next game – ours being Man City. It’s nice to be above City, because I’ve got huge respect for them, but I certainly won’t announce us in the title race.
“We’re relatively new, we’re slightly in transition, and to get carried away would be our biggest enemy. To say that would be a bit naïve, because we’re not even a third of the way through the season.
“If we can keep replicating the form and the results, then we’re certainly going to close the gap. That’s the first step.”
Strong Start To The Season
Chelsea have a very young team, with manager Lampard giving chances to many talented and young players, such as Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.
The London club are third in the Premier League table at the moment with 26 points from 12 matches, level on points with second-placed Leicester City and as many as eight points behind leaders Liverpool.
The Blues are also a point above City, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all below them in the standings.
Chelsea are also going strong in the Champions League this season, and find themselves second in Group H at the moment with seven points from four matches, level on points with leaders Ajax and third-placed Valencia.
Lampard’s side will return to action after the two-week international break on November 23 when they take on City away from home at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League.