London, Aug 21(ANI): Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has said that Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo's exit from Manchester United has already given Chelsea an upper hand over the Red devils.
"It is very difficult to replace Ronaldo. I heard Alex Ferguson say that himself and I don't think he will look to replace him. He will look to make the team strong as a whole by not having him. That is the only thing they can do," The Sun quoted Lampard, as saying."That is probably one of our big plusses this year - we didn't lose our big players," he added.
The Premier League champions sold Ronaldo to Real Madrid for 80 million pounds this summer, and suffered an early title blow on Wednesday after losing 1-0 to Burnley.
The 31-year-old said that draws and loss against so early in the Premier League is completely unexpected from big teams like Man U.
"The league is probably closer now, which has been a bit of a natural thing over the past few years. In United's case, you don't want to draw the promoted teams so early in the season. They come out of the blocks to try and get some points," Lampard said.
"The Burnley game wasn't completely unexpected. I thought it might be a difficult game for them. We have now got a little bit of a lead over them and Liverpool. It is nice to get your noses in front," he added. (ANI)