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Exclusive – Chelsea remain 100% committed to Frank Lampard until at least the summer, while the coach himself is ’embracing’ the pressure on him amid a patch of sticky form.
Chelsea started the season strong after a huge spending transfer window, which saw the arrival of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva for a combined total of more than £ 200 million.
However, the Blues have now lost three of their last five Premier League outings, which has seen them break out of the top four, seven points behind leader Liverpool.
Questions have been raised about Lampard’s ability to bring out the best in his talented squad, while his team’s record against the division’s great traditional teams is cause for concern.
Prior to the 3-0 win over West Ham earlier this month, the Blues had not beaten a team in the upper half of the Premier League table in 2020/21.
Following the disappointing loss to Arsenal on Boxing Day, there were even suggestions from some quarters that Lampard might be facing real pressure from the board for the first time since taking over the club in 2019.
However, sources close to the coach and the club have assured 90min that this is not the case.
Despite recent form problems, Chelsea have no major concerns and remain ‘100%’ behind Lampard.
The former England midfielder has officially 18 months left on his current contract, while the plan has always been to assess the manager’s long-term future in the summer of 2021.
Lampard, while not under immediate pressure at the time, is taking responsibility for the poor results and accepting the challenge at Stamford Bridge.
A source said 90min: “Frank knows the situation, he likes the pressure. Her ambition coming into management was to be in charge of Chelsea and she knew the pressures that would come with her and her eyes have always been open to that.
“He knows the team is better than it seems at the moment, obviously poor results and performance mean pressure, but he’s embracing it a lot.”
Lampard and Chelsea will face Manchester City’s four main rivals on January 3 in their first clash of 2021.