Chelsea: Should Lampard be given more time to succeed?
Chelsea players have vented their frustrations about Frank Lampard, according to reports. The Blues boss is under pressure at Stamford Bridge, with his side currently falling well short of expectations. Thomas Tuchel, Massimiliano Allegri and Brendan Rodgers have all been linked with the Stamford Bridge hotseat – but Roman Abramovich isn’t ready to pull the trigger just yet.
After splashing out over £250million on new faces back in the summer, Chelsea were expected to challenge for the Premier League title.
But recent results have scuppered their chances of securing the crown, with the Blues currently on a run of four defeats from their last six top flight matches.
Chelsea are unwilling to sack Lampard at the current moment in time.
They feel he’s got credit in the bank after guiding them to fourth in the table last term having not been allowed to make any new signings previously.
His status as a Stamford Bridge legend is also working in his favour, with Lampard retaining full backing from the majority of supporters.
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But ESPN claim Chelsea players are starting to turn on the 42-year-old.
It’s claimed they’ve vented their frustrations at Lampard’s tactical approach, with some feeling he’s yet to establish his best team.
What isn’t helping his cause is his failure to get the best from Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who arrived from RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.
Werner has now gone 12 matches without finding the net, while Havertz has failed to live up to his massive £70million price tag.
It seems Lampard has much work to do if he’s to turn the situation around at Chelsea.
And the Blues’ next two games, against Morecambe in the FA Cup and Fulham in the league, will likely be key as to whether or not he stays in charge.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool star Danny Murphy feels the club should stick by Lampard – just like Manchester United and Arsenal have done with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikel Arteta.
“I think he does [know his best eleven] and it’s very rare he’s had the opportunity to play it together,” Murphy told BBC’s Match of the Day 2.
“I think they’ll get better. Give him time, don’t do anything silly, I know Chelsea have done in the past. We have seen with Arteta and Ole, things can improve, just be patient.”
But Murphy was not impressed with Chelsea’s performance against Manchester City, insisting that Lampard’s players did not do ‘the basics’ well enough during the 3-1 loss.
“You can always applaud brilliance, but when you have top-quality players, you will be nit-picking and looking at where you can do better,” he said.
“Yes, they were more fatigued, and they have rotated players and have been struggling, but I didn’t see a Chelsea side at it.
“I didn’t see them pressing like in their good run.
“They gave them too much space. The two centre-halves were miles apart. I don’t know if that is fatigue but Frank won’t be watching this back and enjoying it.
“Little details and basics. Frank spoke about it in his interview, to be fair. Frank will be disappointed with the basics that didn’t happen in that first half.”
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