Frank Lampard believes Chelsea should aim to fight for league titles every year, but winning the FA Cup on Saturday could be a cornerstone for a title challenge next season.
In his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, Lampard has guided Chelsea to the Champions League next season despite Eden Hazard’s loss to Real Madrid and a transfer ban to contend with.
Chelsea is already making up for lost time in the transfer market with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech signed for next season.
But Lampard insists that the victory over Arsenal at Wembley will only lead to better things if it is accompanied by the same dedication to improvement that his team has shown this season.
“It’s a good boost, but it will only mean something in the future if we carry it in our pocket, move forward and improve as a club and on training ground,” Lampard said Friday.
“A superior club will compete for cups and league titles every year. We did it for a long time.
“In recent years, we haven’t been able to fight for that league title, so it doesn’t mean we’re suddenly back and in that image, but it will be a nice little step when you consider where we want to go next year.”
Lampard can welcome N’Golo Kante from a hamstring injury that kept the French midfielder out for the past six games.
Willian is also back in shape for what could be his last game for the club.
The Brazilian’s contract expires at the end of the season, but Lampard has no doubts about using it at Wembley despite rumors that he might be on his way to Arsenal next season.
Willian played a key role in leading Chelsea to the top four in the Premier League with four goals since the season restarted in June.
“I have known Willian for many years as a player and now as his coach,” added Lampard of his former teammate.
“If anyone wants to see their mindset, it has been proven since the restart.”
“It has been fantastic for us, it has been fantastic this season. He has shown the right attitude.
“So I wouldn’t expect anything less than what’s already been shown, and that’s Willian for you.”