Chelsea: Lampard insists job isn't under immediate threat
Frank Lampard would have been sacked by now had it not been for his legendary club status and has made Chelsea worse this season despite all the big-money signings, according to one former Blues star. Chelsea legend Alan Hudson claims Lampard does not know his best XI and believes it is a case of “one step forward and two back” for the Blues at present.
Chelsea have picked up just one win and a draw in their last six games, losing to Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Arsenal and Manchester City in the last month alone.
Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City leaves Chelsea eighth in the Premier League table and there have been reports owner Roman Abramovich is starting to look at alternatives to the club legend as manager.
Lampard exceeded expectations in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge as he secured Champions League football and an FA Cup final following his arrival from Derby County.
The introduction of several youth products also saw Lampard praised as his exciting side finished fourth in the table despite not being able to make any new signings in his first summer at the club due to a transfer ban and then not making additions in the January transfer window either.
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But the club invested heavily in the summer, with the arrivals of Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Edouard Mendy, plus the free transfer of Thiago Silva.
And things seemed to be moving in the right direction for Lampard, with the Blues on a 17-match unbeaten run in early December.
However, he is struggling to find a formula to get the best out of marquee signings Havertz and Werner and with five defeats in his last seven matches, is under serious pressure in his bid to remain as Chelsea manager.
Lampard has received criticism from fans and pundits from not only outside of the club but also from those of a blue persuasion.
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One of those has been Hudson, who starred for Chelsea during one of the most successful periods in the club’s history.
Hudson, a technically excellent midfielder in his day, played in every round of the 1970 FA Cup run up to the semi-final despite being just 18, before injury ruled him out of their victory over Leeds United.
The former playmaker was given a chance at redemption a year later though when he impressed in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final and subsequent replay success over Real Madrid.
“I believe that if it weren’t Frank he’d be out, but he’s giving him time because of his beginning, where he couldn’t bring anyone in and now I think Roman will just might be counting to ten,” Hudson told CaughtOffside.
“I don’t think Frank has lost the dressing room because he still has many options but l believe he really doesn’t know his best XI.
“It’s easy to pick the same team when you’re winning but he seems like he doesn’t know where it’s all going wrong.
“He needs to select a team and stick with them and tell them beforehand that he’ll give them ten games and if that doesn’t work nothing will work because the way he’s going about things is like one step forward and two back.
“They are worse off than before he bought these new superstars.
“Manchester City proved they are on a different planet to Chelsea.”
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