Chelsea has announced this morning the agreement with Frank Lampard that will be the new club’s manager for the 2019/20 season, succeeding Maurizio Sarri that was picked up by Juventus after his good campaign with the Blues last season.
Lampard has already signed with Chelsea: A love story
Frank Lampard was one of the big names of Chelsea’s success in the Abramovich-Mourinho era, always working as a connecting link between defence and attack and presenting himself as one of the top goalscoring midfielders in Europe for several seasons.
The historical English midfielder who is now 41 years old retired in 2017, when he was playing in the Major League Soccer, and since then, he has been making a superb job in the Championship as Derby County’s manager.
Last season in England, Lampard was close to achieving promotion to the Premier League, losing on the final of the play-offs by 2-1 against Aston Villa.
His good work was now recognized by the club where he spent the best moments of his career as a player and that will certainly be an arrival that will immensely please the Blues’ fans, were it not for the fact that Lampard was an icon at Stamford Bridge that will at least benefit from a good dose of lenience from the fans, something that might be important in case things don’t get off to a very good start.
Now, Lampard will embrace the biggest challenge of his career as a manager so far, were it not for the fact that he only has about a year as a professional manager.
It will be, therefore, a bold decision from Chelsea’s board that, however, will be perfectly understood by fans and sports commentators taking into consideration Frank Lampard’s past and his well-known sobriety and intelligence both inside and outside the pitch.
Taking advantage of Sarri’s work?
Despite having left earlier than what was expected by fans, club and the manager itself, the truth is that Juventus’ offer was too good to turn down for the Italian manager Maurizio Sarri, that probably left with the feeling of unfinished business, although the Europa League title, alongside a Carabao Cup final and a spot in the Champions League have also contributed towards a sense of mission accomplished.
Sarri confirmed his qualities as manager and, although he has had some problems with certain players, he ended up performing well overall and the excitement regarding the 2nd season of the Italian ahead of the club was relatively big.
Unfortunately, the sheer weight of the numbers that Juventus has offered alongside with the possibility of conquering important titles with an Italian club ended up leading the experienced manager from Stamford Bridge back to Italy.
Now, it will be up to Frank Lampard to take advantage of the good work made by Sarri in London, although the Italian’s playstyle isn’t easy to replicate by others, which means that Chelsea might once again be involved on a process of renewal this season.
How to survive without Hazard?
Besides that, it is impossible to ignore the departure of the bigger star of the club for the past couple of years. Eden Hazard has finally left to Real Madrid, filling the pockets of the Londoners but opening up a big void on the team’s attack.
So far, Chelsea still didn’t prove to be very active on the transfers’ market, probably waiting for the arrival of their new manager to start identifying his targets on the market.
With 100 million euros on his pocket and the arrival of Christian Pulisic agreed for quite some time, although it doesn’t seem like he is the immediate solution to rectify that shortcoming.
Maybe in the near future the former Borussia Dortmund manager can make assert himself, but for now, it’s maybe too soon for him to take on a task of such magnitude.
That way, Chelsea should appear on the spotlight of the market in the next couple of weeks in order to reinforce their roster.
Without Hazard and Gonzalo Higuaín amongst his options, Frank Lampard will have to look for offensive reinforcements looking to attack this upcoming season and the financial power that the club has and that might make him one of the more active during this transfer window.
Matteo Kovacic is one of the team’s signings for this season, on a clear demonstration that he convinced the club’s board last season when he was on loan from Real Madrid.
A 45 Million Euros investments seems to be perfectly reasonable for a midfielder with a lot of potential since he is only 25 years old and has a huge progression margin.
The European Super cup will be Lampard’s first test
After winning the Europa League last season, Chelsea will fight for the European Super cup on August 14th against the Champions League winners Liverpool in what is considered the first big match of the European season.
With Liverpool maintaining the core of their roster and maintaining their charismatic manager Jurgen Klopp it is normal that the Reds are the favourites to win that match, with odds of around 1.77 at Bet365!
Still, it is important to keep in mind that Liverpool have a lot of players with their national teams at the moment. Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker are with Brazil on the Copa America, while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are shining on the CAN, which means Chelsea might actually have a good opportunity within a month or so.