Chelsea cult hero and former defender Frank Sinclair is confident in a top four finish for his old side and that has not wavered despite stuttering league form.
The Blues currently find themselves occupying that coveted fourth spot, though one win in their last five games has seen what was once a hefty points gap reduced to just three by Manchester United.
Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur was their first win since early January; they haven’t secured three points on their travels since the turn of the year, their last away win coming at The Emirates in late December.
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That kind of poor form away from Stamford Bridge does not bode well for Chelsea’s next league clash at Bournemouth. Eddie Howe’s side will be aiming to do the double over the Blues after they secured a shock 1-0 victory at The Bridge earlier on in the campaign.
Despite such hit-and-miss league performances, Chelsea legend Frank Sinclair revealed to Love Sport Breakfast he maintains faith in a top-four finish this season.
"Obviously, his (Frank Lampard) hands were tied behind his back regarding things like recruitment with the ban, but I think the aim will still be to finish in the top four which I think they are still capable of.
“We’ve touched on the fact that they’ve stumbled over recent games and stuff but most teams have a blip. You look at most of the teams in the Premier League, apart from Liverpool, they have all had a blip throughout the season and it’s all about how they respond from that now.”
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Sinclair was speaking fresh after his former side were swept aside by a rampant Bayern Munich side who notched three away goals with no reply in their Champions League last-16 tie.
Bayern had the better of the chances all night and scored all three of their goals in what was a ruthlessly efficient second-half showing.
Sinclair shed light on what he thinks hindered Chelsea and how Bayern exploited the Blues' weaknesses:
“Going in to such a big game you expected Frank to play a little bit more of an experienced side but then again, you had the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi unavailable, Ruben Loftus-Cheek just coming back from injury.
“They are powerful, quick players and that was the big thing between the two teams. The pace that Munich broke at and the pace in wide areas, the full-backs pushing on and being really athletic in their play, Chelsea didn’t have that in their side last night.”
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