Frank Lampard believes that Chelsea could be left scrapping for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season and instead focus on Champions League affairs.
The Blues have been in stuttering form in recent weeks in the Premier League and they suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend.
That result was their second successive defeat in the top flight and left them in fifth place, already nine points behind leaders Manchester City after eight games of the new campaign.
Chelsea will have to significantly improve their form in the Premier League if they are to challenge for the title this season, with the Blues having lost three of their opening eight games.
And former Chelsea star Lampard reckons that the west London side could end up focusing purely on European affairs and finishing in the top four come the end of the season.
Speaking to BT Sport, Lampard said: “It [the Champions League] might be a focus at the end of the season if the title is out of reach.
“To consolidate league-wise and concentrate on getting top four, which is massive for Chelsea obviously, and maybe have a real run at the Champions League.”
Chelsea return to Premier League action this weekend when they host Watford at Stamford Bridge looking to get back to winning ways in the top flight.
The Blues won the Premier League title in style in Antonio Conte’s first campaign at the club last season.
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