It’s very likely that Chelsea will announce the appointment of their new manager in the coming days, and hopefully so, as pre-season activities have commenced.
The favorite for the job is still Frank Lampard as reports are now rife that he has agreed a three-year deal with the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Therefore, we might be getting set to see of the club’s former player and legend return to the club in a managerial role after a long while and this is a welcome development.
But then, how will Frank Lampard transform Chelsea? Will the Blues still make attacking, entertaining, and productive football a tradition under Frank Lampard?
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Will Chelsea revert to the defensive approach under Frank Lampard? Will the impressive and talented youngsters at the club be given a chance to establish themselves in the senior team?
These are some salient questions that will definitely be begging for answers after Frank Lampard is officially confirmed as Chelsea boss. Regardless, we are looking ahead to exciting times under the former legend, and this is why.
Frank Lampard transformed the Derby side in his stint with them and came within whiskers of a Premier League promotion but was denied in the play-off round. It can be recalled that some players from Chelsea’s youth set-up were instrumental in this, namely Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.
His Derby side are an all-out attacking and entertaining side who have no respect for opposition regardless of their quality.
Under Lampard, Derby are always ready to take the game to the opposition and this was proven in the Cup games against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United last season.
Derby County were rarely second best when they faced Man United in the Football League Cup at Old Trafford. They went behind in the game but came back strongly and took the lead before Marouane Fellaini equalized for the Red Devils in added time.
The Rams won the ensuing penalty shootout and eliminated the Red Devils from the competition right there at Old Trafford. In all this, they were an exciting team to watch.
Lampard also led the Rams to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Football League Cup’s Round of 16. The Blues managed to survive the scare on the night in a game that was evenly matched.
Chelsea had one of the games of their lives in that fixture last season that saw former boss Maurizio Sarr pacing on the touchline all through. The Blues ran out 3:2 winners but it was a very hard fought one. In all this, Derby were still entertaining and rarely sat back but attacked.
Putting all this into consideration, it’s very likely that with the right support from the board, Chelsea will be exciting and productive under Lampard.
Chelsea won’t be defensive under Lampard. I can bet on that! However, as expected with new managers, the early days will definitely be challenging, and this is a pointer that he will need tme to stamp his philosophy on the side.