Jose Mourinho expressed his worry for Chelsea going forward despite a strong start to the season from Frank Lampard’s side.

Paul Merson has hit back at Jose Mourinho’s claim that Chelsea might still struggle as the season drags on under Frank Lampard.

Mourinho expressed his worry that Chelsea have been beaten in all of the big games they have played in this season [The Independent], as Merson thinks that the Portuguese is being ‘harsh’ on the club.

Amid the transfer embargo for the London club, Lampard has given youth the chance to shine and every single one of them is proving their worth, at this moment in time.

Speaking on The Debate on Sky Sports Premier League (11/11/10 at 10:45 pm), Merson claimed that Reece James is the best out of all the youngsters at the club, as he responded to Mourinho’s comments.

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“I think that’s a bit harsh, Mourinho,” Merson told Sky Sports. “The Man United game at the start of the season, that was never a 4-0. That could have swung either way.

“Liverpool in the Super Cup, I thought Chelsea were just as good that day. Ajax are a very good team, very good team. Let’s look at the positive, they are 4-1 down and they come back to draw 4-4, and they probably should have won the game. And against Man United, he rested players. And it took a worldie goal to win the game. I think Frank has done phenomenal.

“Reece James, I think Reece James is the best out of all of them. Loftus-Cheek isn’t even in the squad yet. Chelsea could have six or seven players playing in the England team.”

Before a ball was kicked this season, the expectations at Chelsea would have been pretty low, especially when they were beaten 4-0 on the opening day.

But Lampard and his players kept their nerve as they have gone from strength to strength since that day.

At this moment in time, they are sitting comfortably in the Premier League’s top-four, as Champions League football looks very likely for next season.

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