Thomas Tuchel Believes Frank Lampard Deserved More Time as Chelsea Manager

Published 08/22/2021, 11:50 PM EDT


Chelsea have established themselves as one of the top teams in Europe right now. After capturing the UEFA Champions League trophy under manager Thomas Tuchel, the Blues have only gotten stronger with time.

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With a team that was practically unbreakable defensively, Tuchel’s Chelsea showed incredible resolve. But things were very different for the Londoners during the initial part of the 2020-21 season. Managed by club legend Frank Lampard, Chelsea were hopeful that Lampard could build on his excellent first season where he led the team to UCL qualification.

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Splashing the cash with big money signings like Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, the roster was loaded. But Lampard’s Chelsea massively struggled especially defensively. With the Blues struggling, the board took a gamble as they sacked a club legend in Lampard and signed Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel feels Chelsea could have given more time to Frank Lampard

The mid-season of sacking of Frank Lampard was a shocker to many. Given how influential the English midfielder was for the club’s successes, Chelsea’s decision seemed ruthless and rather bold.

Even new manager Thomas Tuchel was shocked by the same. In a recent interview with Sky Sports, the German manager said how shocked he was that the Blues were okay to parting ways with Lampard and revealed that he felt that the club could have been more patient.

“I actually said to the board in the first phone call. Are you sure? They will not like you and maybe he [Lampard] deserves more time. Lampard embodies everything that Chelsea is. Hard work; aggressive player, big leader, but at the same time a normal guy on the pitch and such a team player. A true, true legend.”

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Though Chelsea did take a big gamble, it certainly worked out for the London based club. With an experienced coach like Tuchel, Chelsea were a juggernaut defensively stopping quality opposition with ease.

While their attack did have some shortcomings in finishing, the Germans Werner and Havertz eventually found their place in the team. Eventually beating tournament favorites Manchester City, Chelsea shocked everyone with their Champions League run.

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Bringing in a player like Romelu Lukaku this transfer window, the Blues have gotten stronger. With a loaded side, Chelsea have a serious chance to win multiple trophies this season. How many trophies will the European champions win this season?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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