Chelsea have parted ways with Frank Lampard, a club legend during his playing days with the Blues.
Lampard took helm at the London side after a season with Derby County in the Championship where he finished sixth.
Although Lampard’s appointment came as a shock to everyone, especially with the sort of managers Chelsea had hired in previous years. The club is known to secure the services of managers who have had success in the past or with a great magnitude of coaching experience most times.
Lampard’s first season in charge of the Blues was marred with a transfer ban coupled with Eden Hazard’s departure to Real Madrid, notably the team’s best player at the time.
Irrespective of the challenges, Lampard had a terrific year, finishing in the top four, getting to the FA Cup final and having a round-of-16 loss in the Champions League to eventual champions Bayern Munich.
Everyone knew the significant gap between Liverpool and Manchester City and the rest of the teams in the league. Lampard’s task for the new season was to mount pressure and possibly compete with the top guns for silverware.
Under Frank Lampard, the Blues didn’t have a bright start to the season due to injuries to many key players just before the season kicked off. But at the latter stages, Chelsea began to show how much they have improved from the previous season, showing much more solid defending, good pressing and good ball retention.
Chelsea looked like a champion in the making – a team ready to break City and Liverpool’s dominance in England.
But what really fell out of place for Frank Lampard? Was the demand too much for him to handle?
He knew what he was getting himself into when he agreed to take the role at Chelsea. As a player he knew how many managers had walked through the doors when results were not favourable.
Poor tactics? Well, I don’t think so, because he certainly got this team off to a flying start. Or did he lose the dressing room?
Whichever way it was, Chelsea are considering Thomas Tuchel for the role as permanent manager.
Can Thomas Tuchel do any better with this side? Can he deliver to the expectations and delight of the board? Can he bring the best out of this Chelsea team? Can he win the league title or even make the top four over the remaining weeks of the season?
These are questions only time will review but Thomas Tuchel is not the man to lead this Chelsea side to the promised land just yet.
He possesses a good CV because of the calibre of teams he has managed. He is a league champion in France, yes, but with Paris Saint-Germain – one of the best teams in the world with world-class players in Angel Di Maria, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. He won a German cup with Borussia Dortmund but that’s not enough to manage a more demanding team like Chelsea.
Borussia Dortmund is a big team but not a team that will get you fired for not delivering them titles every season. Whereas Chelsea’s demands are higher. It has worked for them over the course of the years, making them the most successful team in England since the Roman Abramovich era.
Thomas Tuchel will improve this side because of his experience but making this team become champions anytime soon and having a Champions League spot this season may be far out of reach.