Frank Lampard has insisted that the squad he had as Chelsea coach was “too big” and has admitted that his dismissal was always probable due to lack of immediate silver.
Returning Chelsea legend Lampard was named to replace Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge in 2019 after just one season in charge under his belt. But he lasted for almost 18 months at work until he was fired in January 2021 and replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
Lampard’s Chelsea finished fourth in the 2019/20 Premier League and reached the FA Cup final. Heavy investments in new players followed, only for a series of five defeats in eight Premier League matches in December and January in the 2020/21 campaign to result in the club making a change.
Chelsea won the Champions League under Tuchel and now lead the Premier League a third of the way to 2021/22. But Lampard explained that his successor has had the opportunity to tune in to what was a bloated squad.
“We had a big squad and left out players. We needed the squad to be smaller for me at the time,” Lampard told Gary Neville’s The Overlap.
“Do not get me wrong, they went on to win the Champions League last season so it sounds a bit naive. It’s tough because we had three left-backs, and you can only play one general and five center-backs, the Blues’ leading goal scorer of all time added.
– The squad was big and it’s tough. As time goes on, and the new boss is there now, you can make changes and trim, but that’s exactly how I felt at the time. ”
Lampard expressed regret that Fikayo Tomori had to move on due to the competition for places, and commented that he felt that the player, who now thrives at AC Milan, would continue to be “… a very good midfielder for Chelsea in many years to come. ”
“When you have five [cetre-backs], it’s Fikayo or [Antonio] Rudiger, or [Andreas] Christensen, two of them are home for a match. It’s not nice and you can not bull *** players and say “Okay, I’ll leave you at home but do not worry, you’ll be back next week”, if not.
“I would not have wanted it as a player and it is really difficult.”
Lampard also described his resignation as Chelsea manager and admitted that he knew what would happen as soon as he was called in for a meeting with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.
“We had defeated Luton in the fourth round of the FA Cup or whatever it was,” he said. “Then the next morning I got a message from President Bruce Buck saying, ‘Can you move the training and come and meet us in the boardroom?’ I knew right away.
“That’s what it is. They will move on and there is nothing you can do there. I have never been in that position before so it was a bit unreal at the time, but when you take the job you understand that the call can come. At Chelsea, it will probably come if you do not go and win back-to-back titles and that would never happen. “
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