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Aug 9, 2014

Mourinho: Lampard is irreplaceable

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol believes that Chelsea are the favourites to win the Premier League due to their offseason acquisitions.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists that Cesc Fabregas has not been bought to fill the void of Frank Lampard as he believes Lampard is "irreplaceable."

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After his contract expired at Chelsea this summer, Lampard, 36 -- Chelsea's record goalscorer -- has joined Premier League champions Manchester City on loan from New York City FC for the first half of the English season, a move confirmed earlier this week.

The Blues spent around 30 million euros bringing Fabregas to London from Barcelona, but Mourinho told Rio Ferdinand during a preseason event at central London's BT Tower, that such a legendary player as Lampard could not be replaced.

"Frank is Frank, he is irreplaceable, no chance," he said in quotes reported by the Independent. "We have to forget Frank because as you know he is a very special man but very, very special player.

"I think we can never say, in spite of Cesc, who is a fantastic player as you know, you can never say, 'This guy is coming to replace Frank', because Frank is Frank. One day he will be with Peter Osgood in a statue [outside Stamford Bridge] because he's fantastic."

Mourinho also hopes that Fabregas' move back to the Premier League can help spur Chelsea in their fight for silverware after an unusually dry season in 2013-14.

"Fabregas is the player we need to modify a little bit the profile of our game, which we need," Mourinho added. "We want to give the next dimension to our game in midfield and Fabregas is this kind of player which I like to call 'the 7', because he's not the 6 and he's not the 8."

"Normally the 7 is the winger, I also call the 7 the guy in midfield who's not the 6, he's not the 8. Or he's a 6 and 8 at the same time. So he's a 7 and we need him a lot."

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