Chelsea: Lampard's COVID concerns after Man City tests
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is safe for the time being, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano. Thomas Tuchel is reportedly interested in taking over at Stamford Bridge in the wake of his sacking by Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain. But it appears the Blues are standing by their former midfielder, determined not to act with haste.
Chelsea were tipped by many to win the Premier League title this season after bringing the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell to west London back in the summer.
However, the Blues have been inconsistent this term – with their new signings failing to gel.
Lampard’s side have won just one of their last five top flight matches, slipping to defeats against Everton, Wolves and Arsenal on the road.
Monday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa represented yet another blow to their hopes of winning a first league title since 2017, back when Antonio Conte was manager.
Yet Romano, speaking on his podcast, has claimed Chelsea are behind Lampard at the current moment in time and don’t want to sack him.
That’s despite claims emerging Tuchel would like the job, with the German keen to manage Werner, Havertz and Antonio Rudiger.
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“At this moment Chelsea are with the manager,” Romano said.
“They need to change on the pitch and not the manager.
“They know that this season is crazy. They know that this team needs time but Lampard needs to change what happens on the pitch.”
Chelsea are known for being trigger-happy when it comes to sacking managers, with Roman Abramovich axing many throughout his time at the club.
Claudio Ranieri was sent on his way despite steering the club to a second-placed finish in the top flight back in 2004. It was a similar story with Carlo Ancelotti, who departed in 2011.
Jose Mourinho won trophies galore across his two spells at Stamford Bridge – but that didn’t stop Abramovich from relieving him of his duties in two separate occasions.
And Chelsea sacked Maurizio Sarri even though the Italian kept them in the top four and won the Europa League in 2019.
Lampard knows all about the pressure on him at Chelsea.
But, speaking after the draw with Villa, insisted his side had merely hit a blip and that they’d return to winning ways sooner rather than later.
“When things are going well it’s pretty easy,” he said.
“We were on a long unbeaten run and playing well but not too many levels up from what we were playing today.
“The focus of the team was good.
“Some of the play between the lines, particularly down our left-hand side with Chilwell, Christian, and Mason – was really good. And against a really good team.
“When I said I thought we’d have won a month ago, I felt when you’re in a good run the ball goes in the back of the net more – Christian’s chances, the chances at the end of the game.
“Their goal happened when we were a man down and lucky or whatever you want to call it.
“And that’s just football. I think it’s a positive for our lads to understand that.
“If we keep playing with that attitude we’ll get back to winning, which we’ve had a short period where we haven’t been.”
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