Chelsea: Should Lampard be given more time to succeed?
With Thomas Tuchel reportedly being lined up as Frank Lampard’s replacement at Chelsea, the club’s verteran defender Thiago Silva has this week had his say on his former Paris Saint-Germain manager. Silva played under Tuchel for most of the German’s two-and-a-half years in charge of the Ligue 1 club before joining Chelsea on a free transfer this summer.
After a positive start to Silva’s time in London, Chelsea have now lost four of their last six Premier League matches, falling to ninth in the table.
This has resulted in Lampard fighting for his job and it was widely reported this week that Tuchel was being lined up as a possible successor, should the club legend not turn their form around.
Tuchel guided PSG to their first Champions League final in the summer, before suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.
But Silva insists the writing was already on the wall for Tuchel at the Parc des Princes.
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Silva told French Broadcaster RMC Sport: “’It’s difficult but it was predictable that this was going to happen.
“Not now, but being inside, we knew there were situations that had to be changed.
“In my opinion, Leonardo (the club’s sporting director) took the situation in hand, he made his choice.
“We do not know if it was good, it was not at all for Tuchel and his staff, especially after the match (4-0 defeat of Strasbourg). This change was not planned at this time.”
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The 47-year-old’s impressive two-year stint at Borussia Dortmund saw him recognised as one of the best coaches in Europe.
PSG secured his signature in 2018 and like many before him, enjoyed a trophy-laden two-and-a-half years at the club.
Ligue 1 titles in both seasons, several cup competitions and a first Champions League final in the club’s history were not enough to save his job though after a poor start to the campaign, which saw PSG suffer an uncharacteristic four defeats in their first 17 matches.
Tuchel was sacked by PSG just before Christmas – with the club confirming it a week later – and on Sunday it was confirmed he was to be replaced by former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentinian made 95 appearances for PSG between 2001 and 2003 and Silva believes he is a good appointment for his former club.
Silva said: “Mauricio Pochettino did a good job with Tottenham. I think he comes very motivated, 20 years after playing for PSG. He knows the club a bit.
“Of course that has changed a lot, but he knows football a lot, he will work with very high level players. I am still a supporter of PSG.”
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