Having only had one year of experience in the Championship, Lampard joined as Chelsea manager. He was vastly inexperienced for such a big job and many Chelsea fans had big concerns.
His inexperience has shown and it’s sort of like he’s been learning on the job, learning from mistakes, and you can simply not do it at this stage. In certain tactical choices, he has been inexperienced and lacks the realistic approach you see from many seasoned coaches.
What Went Wrong?
In the summer transfer window, the club spent over £ 220 million to bring in the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. But they have recently been a decline in results and performances. Lampard stamped down his authority at Chelsea as soon as he joined the club, following disputes between the two, selling David Luiz to Arsenal.
There were also apparent problems with a host of other players’ attitudes. For example Fikayo Tomori, with Lampard going from seeing him as a frequent starter to not playing him at all. These kinds of fall-outs have created unrest in the locker room and split some of the players, and this means that those players will not play for you subconsciously.
Losses & Losses
The general consensus is that the 2-0 loss against Leicester on January 19 was decisive. That was the fifth defeat of Chelsea in eight league games. It is also reflective of what the Guardian describes as ‘their struggle to beat the most accomplished sides of the Premier League.
In September they lost 2-0 to Liverpool, in October they drew 0-0 with Manchester United before they turned a little fine. In November they drew 0-0 with Tottenham when neither side was especially bothered to win. Then in mid-December, they lost to Everton.
Another cause was the Boxing Day defeat to Arsenal, although The Athletic quoted a source as saying that Abramovich was “very, very unhappy” with the surrender of Manchester City and “furious” at how Leicester handily defeated them, at which point he had “seen enough” and spent the next morning attempting to secure an interim replacement. The Independent actually cites the December draw with Aston Villa as a point that Lampard should have let go of.
The draw with Aston Villa in December should have been let go as a point for Lampard. West Ham remains the only top-half side Chelsea have beaten all season in the seventh position. Seven of Lampard’s eight league wins in 2020/21 actually came over British managers. The only exception being old nemesis Marcelo Bielsa. Frank Lampard, stop crying.
In the most recent transfer window, Chelsea sold just three players, with Alvaro Morata, Nathan, and Mario Pasalic all totally out of the picture under the manager anyway. Willian and Pedro quit as well, but their terms had just expired.
The standard degree of conscription could not be relied upon even by the regular loan army. By the winter, all were temporarily discarded by Ethan Ampadu, Michy Batshuay, Ross Barkley, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Victor Moses, but the impression is that Chelsea had just left too many players and not enough positions. This season, no Premier League side has used more players (27); there are still Marcos Alonso and Abdul Baba Rahman sodding.
This is probably the most critical issue after the downing of instruments-
Out of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, Lampard struggled to get the best. Yes, you can tell that patience is important for both, and both of them are going to be fine. When you study the point above, however, it becomes obvious that when the club sits in the mid-table spot, the board does not have the time.
With Lampard not picking Havertz in recent matches, the board became dissatisfied and reportedly mentioned this to him. But in order to get the best out of them. Lampard should have been smarter to create a formation and team around the costly new German internationals.
Havertz has to play advanced and close to the striker. While Werner has to play up top to get the absolute best out of them as part of the front two but it wasn’t to be. Lampard is and will always remain a club legend. The only problem is that his experience and prowess may have been premature coming into this role. Many feared this would be the case after all, and it certainly has proved to be a major talking point.
The Chelsea board has wasted no time in finding a replacement and it has already been confirmed that ex PSG manager Thomas Tuchel will be succeeding. Time will tell if he will be a good fit but for now, Chelsea looks stable again.
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