Chelsea boss Frank Lampard ‘was slammed in private rant by manager’ as details emerge
Chelsea: Lampard comes out fighting as pressure grows
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was criticised in private by a rival manager earlier in the season, according to reports. The 42-year-old is battling to save his job at Stamford Bridge in the wake of his side’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Wednesday night. Thomas Tuchel, Massimiliano Allegri and Julian Nagelsmann have all been linked.
Chelsea were dire against Leicester, producing an insipid performance in defeat at the King Power Stadium.
Wilfried Ndidi put the home side in front in the sixth minute, with James Maddison then notching shortly before the half time interval.
Chelsea are keen to stand by Lampard amid their difficult start to the season, despite links to Tuchel, Allegri and Nagelsmann all beginning to intensify.
And the Guardian say that, for now, the 42-year-old’s job in west London is safe.
However, the report claims that Lampard was blasted in private by a rival manager earlier in the campaign.
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They supposedly attacked the Blues boss over what they perceived to be ‘tactical naivety’, believing him to be out of his depth over in west London.
And whether he can turn things around at Chelsea remains to be seen.
Tuchel is the obvious favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge, with the German out of work following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the campaign.
He impressed during his time in France, excelling in managing the egos of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, but was ultimately chopped over his combative attitude.
Allegri, meanwhile, remains out of work.
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He was linked with the Chelsea job in 2018, shortly after the Blues parted ways with current Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, but Roman Abramovich went with Maurizio Sarri instead.
The Italian departed Juventus in 2019 and, as a free agent, would be an attractive proposition.
And while Nagelsmann is admired, just like Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, he’s unlikely to leave RB Leipzig at the current moment in time.
Meanwhile, former Arsenal star Perry Groves has slammed Lampard’s managerial reign at Chelsea – but thinks he won’t be sacked just yet.
“With Chelsea, the biggest worry is I don’t think the players are having Frank Lampard and Jody Morris as a coaching team, and they are not having Frank Lampard as a manager,” he told talkSPORT.
“There is no intensity and no desire.
“If you look at the goals: the first goal was from a short corner, it’s two-vs-one and nobody reacts to go out.
“The second goal is a long pass, then Jamie Vardy gets the wrong side of Antonio Rudiger who fouls him and all of a sudden James Maddison is completely unmarked.
“You look and think: where is Reece James?
“In the build-up, Reece James is three to four yards goal-side of Maddison, and as the ball travels in the air he gets three yards behind him. That just shows me there isn’t that work ethic and intensity to do your job for the team.
“Lampard played a 4-3-3 again; the midfield three of Kai Havertz, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount is not strong enough when you are away at Leicester. It is not physical enough.
“Chelsea’s team is screaming for a 4-2-3-1; that is the best formation.
“But Frank Lampard is not seeing it, he makes no changes at half-time and keeps the same formation!
“I’ve said it before: When he got the job it was too early for him. He was learning his trade, and he did well last year in his free season because there was limited expectation and he couldn’t sign any players.
“But this team has gone backwards with £220m spent on it!
“He’s not an elite manager, and he’s at an elite football club.”
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