December 2020 was a month to forget for the Chelsea Football Club. Since their stunning 3-1 victory against Leeds United on 6th December, their lavish campaign went haywire. It was a 1-1 draw against FK Krasnodar at the Champions League that displayed their vulnerability in defense and their following fixtures displayed their need for fundamental change under Frank Lampard. Since then, they lost to Everton (1-0), lost to Wolves (2-1), lost to Arsenal (3-1) and drew against Aston villa (1-1). They performed well against West Ham and won that match 3-0 but their immediate euphoria was decimated by a struggling Arsenal in the next match only. Strangely Arsenal found their form and confidence from thereon and performing well up until now.
The year 2021 started with a 3-1 loss against Manchester City. It was a perfect display of Men against Boys. A perfectly well oiled machine vs a newly bought machine without even tightening the screws. The lavish summer expenditure of Chelsea hasn’t really paid off. It was the starting of the season when they were shining but recent forms of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, and Hakim Ziyech will be worrying signs for Frank Lampard.
A decimation against Manchester City can’t be a decisive factor to judge Chelsea for their performance. But with the quality on the pitch and off the pitch, at least a fightback was expected. But Frank Lampard was technically outplayed on both the halves. The players were chasing shadows. We have to remember this is not the best Manchester City side in years. Out of all the seasons under Guardiola, it was the most inexperienced team. But Chelsea was outplayed and the month-long speculation over Lampard’s future is resurfacing again.
Too soon to judge?
Chelsea is a new project. They have 4 of the best Bundesliga players, a legendary center back from PSG, an assist machine from Ajax, and a completely new goalkeeper from Rennes. They are still a project with their parts only. However lavish or talented they may be, invariably it will take time to zeal together. But is Lampard the right man for that job? Is he the right man to bring Chelsea to the title race again? Many argue he is technically inept. But we simply do not have enough sample size to accept or even entertain that argument. Chelsea have gold in their attacking ranks, their defense has some of the brightest and most experienced players. It’s just a matter of time they all click together and play the type of football Stamford bridge is eager to witness.
But with the #Lampardout campaign, there naturally comes a question of who could replace Frank Lampard? Frank Lampard is an undying legend of CFC. He has the complete faith of the Chelsea board. But without winning or getting close to any trophy, Lampard could be sacked by the end of the season. If January goes on to be as bad as December 2020, Lampard could be sacked at the end of the month also.
We have put together a lost of potential candidates who could replace Frank Lampard in due course of adversity midseason-
Chelsea absolutely won’t locate a more adorned mentor when they examine the rundown of accessible deputy for their campaign. However, Allegri was said to have been PSG’s best option before they named Mauricio Pochettino. Allegri wanted around £10million a season to accept the job at PSG. That is around twofold the sum Chelsea presently pay Lampard. However, it’s scarcely Klopp, Guardiola, or Mourinho cash. Sometimes you gotta pay the best if you want to compete against the best.
Aglianese, Real SPAL, Grosseto, Sassuolo, Cagliari, AC Milan, Juventus
Serie A (6), Coppa Italia (4)
Mainz, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain
Ligue Un (2), Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, DFB Pokal
Nuno isn’t in a rush to leave Wolves at the moment. But if the Wolves manager is looking for a new challenge, now is as good a time as any since he arrived in England. The Portuguese coach has established Wolves as a Premier League force and taken them to the Europa League quarter-finals after bringing them up from the Championship in 2018. A dominating presence in the dugout and a fantastic talent developer. Under him Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto, Adama Traore are turning out to be the next bug thing in English Football.
Rio Ave, Valencia, Porto
Nagelsmann is the fantasy arrangement for proprietors across Europe. In any case, the 33-year-old appears to have an incomplete business in Leipzig. Nagelsmann has his side in a Bundesliga title race with Bayern Munich and again in the knockout phases of the Champions League.
A very young, tactically sound manager with a fresh approach to modern football- everything sounds like a Frank Lampard profile. But it would be quite a thing to have Nagelsmann in English football.
RB Leipzig manager
A Real Madrid manager’s job is probably the most volatile job profile ever. Real Madrid looks good with Zidane at the moment. But a trophyless season or an early exit from the Champions League- that’s a recipe of disaster for a Madrid. Zidane also expressed that he has no desire to be the Alex Ferguson of Real Madrid. He will be willing to look outside Spain for a new challenge. Zidane was known for his attacking style of play but due to recent developments at Real Madrid, he had to resort to defensive solidification, which shows his technical adaptability. Zidane to Chelsea, won’t be an easy and cheap affair. But it would be quite the scene to see Zizou in Premier League.
Real Madrid manager
Real Madrid Castilla, Real Madrid