On Sunday, Chelsea won the FA Cup with 3-1 from Luton Town, but with that victory manager Frank Lampard couldn‘t save his ass. The club’s 42-year-old former midfielder (more than 600 matches) has to leave the field due to the moderate performance in the Premier League.
“ Recent results and achievements did not meet the expectations of the club, leaving the club in the middle and there is no prospect of rapid improvement,” the Chelsea leadership explains the decision.
Thomas Tuchel, former coach of Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, is named as successor. The 47-year-old German has not been under his wing since December, when he was fired from the French champion. Even in Dortmund, he did not reach the end of his contract.
Fat 200 million
Chelsea is in ninth place in the competition, an extremely disappointing position given the 200 million euros invested last summer to boost the selection.
Not only did it go downhill with the results under Lampard, who finished last season with a young selection in a handsome fourth place and reached the final of the FA Cup, also the game shown was regularly far below the standard.
Hakim Ziyech (40 million euros) was one of the purchases made at Stamford Brigde at the beginning of the season.
In addition to the Ajacied, the German toppers Timo Werner (RB Leipzig, 55 million) and Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen, 78 million), the French goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (Rennes, 25 million) and the Brazilian centre defender Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain, transfer-free) made the crossing to England. Left back Ben Chilwell came across from Leicester City for about 50 million dollars.
The relapse of Chelsea is remarkable. In mid-December, the London team, which had remained undefeated seventeen duels in a row in all competitions, would have been able to play football to a shared front position in the event of a victory over Everton.
However, the meeting in Liverpool ended in a defeat that proved to be the prelude to a series of eight races in which no fewer than five times were lost. Last week‘s defeat against Leicester City was apparently the proverbial straw.
Lampard, who managed to lead his team to the knockout phase of the Champions League in the autumn, was taken over from Derby County in mid-2019, where he was succeeded by Phillip Cocu.
The former English international, who signed for three years in London, had started his first job as a manager in Derby one year earlier.
Pep Guardiola, trainer at Manchester City, cooperates with Lampard fired. “I understand Chelsea’s decision, but I wish Frank a lot of strength and hopefully I‘ll see him soon.”
“ Long-term thinking does not exist here. You have to win, and if you don’t, you‘ll be fired,” says the Spaniard at a press conference of his club.
Lampard was the tenth manager since billionaire Roman Abramovich became the owner of the club in 2013. “It was a very difficult decision,” says the Russian about the dismissal of the club icon.
“ Not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the greatest respect for him. However, under these circumstances, we think it is best to change managers. But he will always be warmly welcomed to Stamford Bridge.”
Chelsea gets Wednesday in the Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers visiting and Sunday Burnley. In the Champions League, the Londoners are linked to Atlético Madrid in the last sixteen, against which the first of two matches will be played in Spain on 23 February. Two weeks before that, there’s another cup duel with Barnsley on the program.