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Frank Lampard’s Chelsea misery mounted after his team suffered a crushing 3-1 loss to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues are currently eighth in the Premier League table and have only won once in their last seven outings.
The pressure on Lampard’s shoulders begins to build.
The heat on the bench at Stamford Bridge has certainly been amplified by the fact that the Blues entrusted Lampard to bring in more than £ 200 million in talent after a summer spending spree; something that until now has not been able to do.
With an FA Cup third round draw against Morecambe below for Lampard’s hesitant Blues, now could be the perfect time for the Londoners to strike back.
However, Chelsea’s next five matches domestically include tough matches against title contenders Leicester City and Wolves, who recently returned to beat Lampard’s men 2-1.
Chelsea will enter the month of February with a fierce London derby against rival Tottenham Hotspur, led by Lampard’s former mentor, José Mourinho.
But will Lampard continue to command that party? – There is concern among Chelsea’s backroom staff that if Lampard fails to turn the tide on the Blues field soon, he could very well head for the exit.
Caught offside has recently obtained exclusive insight from a member of the Chelsea backroom staff who spoke to us in depth about the behind-the-scenes atmosphere at the club.
“The atmosphere and feel of the club are always one of innovation and evolution.” our inside information revealed. “Especially with Frank [Lampard] using extreme planning and the hard work of the academy. “
“The only thing about Chelsea and not always in a good way is the mood; permeates the club.
“We are a political beast and the vibe changes, as do the perceptions and attitudes of people throughout the club and very quickly.”
When asked if our informant feels that Lampard’s position as Chelsea manager is threatened, our source said: Frank’s first season in charge exceeded expectations, but his still Chelsea, and £ 200 million more in unfamiliar players with the temperament associated with the Premier League, especially in the current climate, puts immediate pressure on an already pressurized job.
“Combine this with the lack of playing time experience and the pressure from the academy guys playing in the first team, unfortunately aggravates Frank’s position.”
Our informant went on to address the club’s concerns about Lampard’s decisions in the game.
“Losing 2-1 to Wolves on December 15; flying half time with [Olivier] Giroud in a five or six goal career and he [Lampard] He replaces him and puts on Tammy Abraham, which completely ruins the flow of the team and we were terrible in the second half.
“The management of the game and the unnecessary modifications and not for the first time spoil all the hard work previously done.
“A win against West Ham followed by a loss, draw and defeat against Arsenal, Aston Villa and Man City, respectively, is not the end of a lot of planning and preparation that the entire club would have been waiting for for 2020 in 2021.
“Frank is smart, with a work ethic beyond the norm, but where are the leaders in the field?”
Speaking about Sunday’s performance against Man City, our insider went on to say: “[Billy] Gilmour and [Kai] Kavertz in the final 10 minutes both jumped for the ball on the edge of our defensive third, with no Man City player in sight and lost possession.
Frank can lead, influence, advise and guide, but he needs lieutenants to speak on the field and that is what he is missing.
“Lack of Premier League experience, game management, tactical awareness, strength in decision-making with regard to the management team provides an isolated and weakened foothold in his current position.
“The atmosphere after this game is that you have to be careful.
“Frank is a hero as a player, but he gets his throat cut when you’re the man in charge. [Jose] Mourinho can attest to this.
“Frank knows that the decision to come to Chelsea was huge.
“The pressure, the motivation, the passion and the expectation from him would only have been intense, with the club so inconsistent in the Premier League, next month will be huge, although we are only six points from the top, it is the way in that we play that concerns all those associated with the club ”.
We asked our insider if there were any suggestions behind the scenes as to who Roman Abramovich would turn to to replace Lampard if the Russian owner chose to separate, our insider simply said: Who would be next? [Massimiliano] Allegri “.