London (AFP) – Frank Lampard knows the demand to become a Chelsea manager under Roman Abramovich while playing at Stamford Bridge, rather than anyone who has played with nine different coaches.
Lampard is now the man on the firing line after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City capped a run of one win in six games that seemed to dispel hope for the Premier League title challenge.
More to Bruce after £ 220 million ($ 300 million) was spent on the transfer market during a time when most of Europe’s major football nations were shrinking due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Was expected.
After bankrolling the purchases of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy, Abramovich was hoping for Chelsea’s eighth or higher position in almost half of the season.
Thanks to Russia’s 18 years of reign as the owner of Chelsea, he had no patience. Even club legends like Lampard, the club’s greatest goal scorer in history, are unlikely to be given much more time to turn things around.
Athletic reported on Sunday that Chelsea already had the right candidates if the 42-year-old player was dismissed.
Lampard has some credit to the bank since his first season returning the club to the Champions League, despite a transfer ban and the sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
But even though Lampard has always warned Chelsea that more time is needed to meet the standards set by Liverpool and Citi in recent seasons, expectations have changed since summer spending spilled over.
“Expectations are different because everyone says they’ve spent this amount this year,” Lampard said after losing his fourth game in six games.
“In reality, many of the players who come in are new, young, injured, or not playing with them. There are many unrealistic expectations.”
However, the defeat to Citi, who was depleted by the coronavirus infection and struggling to score goals this season, showed little sign of what Lampard was aiming for.
It’s even more disappointing that Chelsea couldn’t start the title challenge as Liverpool and City standards fell during unusual seasons, opening the door to tracking packs.
Chelsea follow Leicester, Aston Villa and Everton as Manchester United and Tottenham move forward to fill the gap, leaving Lampard with the lowest per-game points of any Abramovich-era manager.
Former England International’s relationship with his players is also questioned, as his public condemnation of their attitude and commitment to Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat last weekend did not evoke the reaction he wanted. It has been.
Instead, there were more examples of lethargy that Ziyech was watching, but Kevin De Bruyne overtook him to score the city’s third goal within 35 minutes.
Lampard’s inability to summon the best from some of his huge purchases has been reported to have raised concerns among the Chelsea hierarchy.
Havertz, who signed the club’s record for four consecutive games, appeared only as a substitute for the second half, despite the struggles of his team. Meanwhile, Werner, who was prolific with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, failed to score in 13 games.
Lampard provides tools to build a team with more capabilities than we showed last month.
In order to avoid the same fate as many Chelsea managers he did before him, it is important to start delivery now.
– Soccer Sports
Lampard tests Abramovich’s patience with the collapse of Chelsea
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