In the last six games, Manchester City’s loss was fourth. Thomas Tuchel’s potential replacement since leaving PSG
Frank Lampard must be given time to prove that he deserves to stay in his place as manager of Chelsea, amid growing discontent behind the scenes over results and the board of the club being told of the interest of Thomas Tuchel in the job if it becomes vacant. The faltering title challenge of Chelsea suffered another setback when they lost 3-1 at home to Manchester City on Sunday, placing Lampard at risk of being empty.
While the crushing loss to City is unlikely to contribute to the sacking of the 42-year-old, he is under rising pressure and the management may be forced to act if they feel that the Champions League qualification could slip away. Tuchel, who last season led Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League final before being sacked by the French champions last month, was suggested as a potential replacement. No Chelsea manager has survived worse under Abramovich | Jonathan WilsonRead moreAfter a run of four losses in six games, pressure on Lampard has increased, leaving the board increasingly worried about the team’s lack of success this season.
The owner, Roman Abramovich, gave Lampard 220 million pounds last summer for new signings, but after 17 games, Chelsea is still eighth. Lampard, whose contract ends in the summer of 2022, is believed to retain the support of Chelsea FC for the time being.
At Stamford Bridge, the club is mindful of his iconic status and would prefer not to jump into a contract with its former midfielder.
After replacing Maurizio Sarri in the summer of 2019, Lampard has done well. A transfer ban he overcame, qualified for the Champions League and reached the final of the FA Cup. He also received praise for supporting the young players of Chelsea. Chelsea is prepared to give Lampard a chance to reverse the slide, especially because it is so close in the top half of the Premier League table. They host Morecambe on Sunday in the third round of the FA Cup, but after a Covid 19 outbreak at the League Two club, the game could be postponed until they have a chance to get back to winning ways in the Fulham League a week on Friday.
Although it is known that injuries to key players have made the job more challenging, the inexperience of Lampard has shown at times.
Lampard is only in management in his third season – he spent a year in the Championship with Derby County before returning to Chelsea FC – and although he still enjoys the squad’s support, several players have challenged his approach. There are doubts that Lampard has yet to find his best starting eleven and that, after their costly Bundesliga transfers, he is struggling to incorporate Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. Initially, Havertz, who tested positive for coronavirus in November, was on the bench against City, which led 3-0 at halftime, while Lampard’s decision to start Werner as a center forward caused head-scratching instead of Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham. In 13 games, Werner is without a goal and rarely raised any issues for the City defense, while the use of Callum Hudson-Odoi by Lampard was also challenged. There was a surprise when Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, who had just returned from a thigh injury, started on the flanks instead of Hudson-Odoi, who, after coming off the bench, had inspired Chelsea in recent games and scored the consolation goal. The plan of Chelsea has been disclosed by City and it is known that some in the dressing room claim that under Lampard, who openly lashed out at his players after the loss of Arsenal on Boxing Day, the squad has no clear identity. Football rumors: Chelsea to replace Frank Lampard? PSG’s Dele Alli? But the lack of obvious alternatives could buy time for Lampard. Read more
Chelsea’s first choice is thought to have been Mauricio Pochettino before Tuchel was replaced at PSG by the former Tottenham boss. Tuchel has a better pedigree than Lampard and led PSG to the brink of European glory before losing the Champions League final to Bayern Munich last August. But although the German is renowned for playing soccer, he did not get on with PSG’s internal politics. Another choice is Julian Nagelsmann, but it is unlikely that the 32-year-old will be