Lampard, fired; Chelsea has decided the substitute

Frank Lampard has been dismissed as Chelsea manager, as the English press had well anticipated. Tuchel, the number one candidate.


Chelsea have fired Frank Lampard, as The Telegraph had anticipated. So far the former captain 'blue' has lasted on the bench at Stamford Bridge, where he sat for the first time a year and a half ago. So reads the statement published in the club's official media:

"This has been a very difficult decision, and not one that the owner and the Board have taken lightly. We are grateful to Frank for what he has accomplished in his time as head coach of the club. However, the results and performances Recent events have fallen short of the club's expectations, leaving it in the middle of the table with no clear path to sustained improvement. There can never be a good time to part ways with a club legend like Frank, but after long deliberation and consideration it is decided that a change was needed now, to give the club time to improve the performances and results this season. "

"Icon of the club"

In addition, Roman Abramovich, owner of the club, added: "This was a very difficult decision for the club, especially since I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and have the greatest respect for him. He is a man of great integrity and has the highest work ethic. However, in the current circumstances we believe it is best to change direction. On behalf of everyone at the club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future. He is an important icon of this great club and his status here has not diminished. He will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge. "

Chelsea are ninth in the Premier League, four points behind the European places, so the league results have hit the confidence of a fan who fails to be enthusiastic about the team's performance, despite having spent more than 250 million in transfers this past summer.

According to the news published in The Telegraph, Chelsea players will not go to training until this afternoon, as they expected Lampard's dismissal to take place in the morning, as it has been. The former London club legendary player will leave Chelsea with the worst Premier League points-per-game ratio of any manager under Roman Abramovich: 1.67 on average.

The relief, decided

Thomas Tuchel is, right now, the best placed to be the new Chelsea manager if Roman Abramovich finally decides to do without Frank Lampard. The former coach of Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund, who was a finalist in the Champions League last season with the Parisian club, would already be in advanced negotiations with the blues to take the reins as soon as possible, as the tight schedule dictates a new match for this same Wednesday against Wolves.

The objective, now that they are ninth after five defeats in the last eight days, is to qualify for the next Champions League, something much more complicated than it seems seeing how competitive the Premier is this year. Tuchel will therefore have the mission of cutting the five points that separate the Londoners from fourth place right now, but he will also be required to make the best of some signings that last summer cost more than 200 million euros.

The performance between them is, for the moment, uneven, but Tuchel, who has experience bringing out the best in the youngest, as he already demonstrated at Borussia Dortmund, seems the most qualified coach on the market right now for what the blues want. One of those who can benefit the most from his arrival is Christian Pulisic, who has been leaving good feelings and who already praised the German in 2017: “I am tremendously grateful for everything he did for me. He always gave me opportunities and believed in my abilities. ”

Tuchel has always been the object of Abramovich's desire. In addition, his relationship with the German players signed by Chelsea is very good. This is the case of Werner and Havertz, two of the key pieces in the new regenerated project of the London club.

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