by FMP50 on Apr 12, 2023 4:44 am
After the dismissal of Graham Potter, Chelsea President Todd Boehly had to pick a new manager to try to steer the Blues away from a catastrophic season. He has chosen Frank Lampard to do so. Despite 600 million pounds invested in players over the last two transfer windows, the damage is already done in the Premier League. Chelsea is glued in the middle of the ranks and has lost all hopes to qualify for a European competition next season.
Yet, the Blues can save their season via the Champions League, since they are still qualified there. They will play in the quarter final against Real Madrid. The choice of Frank Lampard is linked to that confrontation. Todd Boehly was likely to choose someone with strong credentials in the Champions League and a natural leader able to maximize the team's chances to beat Madrid. Lampard captained the glorious Chelsea team that won the Champions League and the UEFA Cup in 2012 and 2013. He ticks all the boxes there.
It’s important to notice that he was nominated as an interim coach. If he performs well, he is likely to stay though. His stature as a legend of the club will influence that decision. Many amazing managers are currently on the market and emerging as potential candidates for the role in case he leaves Chelsea. We can cite Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino, Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique.
Placing Lampard at the head of the club is an easy solution to please the fans and to keep all options open for the future. But it is not a great choice in regards to the upcoming quarter final against Real Madrid. With odds at 2.6 for Chelsea to qualify, the odds are tempting. But I doubt that Lampard has the tactical depth to disrupt the Spanish machinery. And his temporary assignment reduces his authority and leadership on a troubled and young Chelsea team. I advise betting on Real Madrid to qualify there !