‘Chelsea will struggle for top six this season and Leicester will finish above them’, says former Arsenal star Perry Groves

Perry Groves believes Chelsea are in for a tough season under Frank Lampard based on Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester.

Lampard is still without a win as Blues boss after three games this season having been held to a draw by Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes.

In truth, though, Chelsea were fortunate to come away from the Stamford Bridge clash with a point as Leicester wasted a number of glorious chances to wrap up victory late on.

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Leicester will be disappointed they failed to take their chances and record a victory over Chelsea
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As in last weekend’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United, the London side started brightly against Leicester and took the lead through Mason Mount’s well-taken goal.

But Rodgers’ side took control after the break, levelling when Wilfred Ndidi headed home from a corner – the midfielder making amends after his mistake led to Mount’s early strike.

And the visitors would have won the game had they taken their chances, with James Maddison and Jamie Vardy going close to winning goals as the match wore on.

And former Arsenal winger Groves – winner of two First Division titles and an FA Cup with the Gunners – said Chelsea’s performance doesn’t bode well for the rest of their campaign.

He even believes Leicester will finish above them in the Premier League table!

Speaking to talkSPORT host Natalie Sawyer on Monday, he said: “When Frank got the job, I thought the mix was wrong with a young inexperienced team and a young inexperienced management team as well.

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“I looked at Chelsea yesterday and they started really well but, in the second-half when Leicester started to dominate the game, Chelsea didn’t change at all.

“Leicester are one of the teams who are looking to jump above Chelsea, and I know it’s very early and we’re talking two games into the season, but I looked at the game yesterday and I  thought – Leicester will finish above Chelsea without a shadow of a doubt.

“I think Chelsea are going to finish outside the top six.

“The Chelsea fans keep telling me they’re going to be patient with Frank and they will give him time, but this will test them.

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Frank Lampard watched his Chelsea side claim a point against Leicester City at home
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“I’ve even seen some Chelsea fans saying they’re going to play vibrant, attacking football and not only will they be top four this season, they’ll challenge Liverpool and Man City.

“And you think, ‘woah chaps, calm down a little bit’.

“You’ve only had 30 minutes, you need to manage games better, and this was against a Leicester team that dominated you in the second-half and they should have won the game.

“Where are their goals going to come from? They’ve lost Eden Hazard, so are they going to spread their goals around? I don’t think they’ve got a player who is going to score over 12 goals.

“From your front three or four you need 50 goals. If you look at Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal, their front three will get them 50 goals and I can see Leicester’s getting around 50 goals as well.

“I can’t see that with Chelsea. I can’t see where the goals are.

“Looking at yesterday’s evidence, I just think it’s going to be quite a difficult season for Chelsea.”

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