Chelsea had mercilessly dealt with club legend Frank Lampard early last week. After a year and a half, the manager was fired for lack of awards. The 42-year-old Briton was not even allowed to personally say goodbye to his players. The banner ‘In Frank We Trust. Then. Now. Forever.The fact that the fans hung on the Shed End did not prevent their hero from becoming the twelfth manager to be fired by Russian club owner Roman Abramovich.
All the oligarch thinks about is the trophy cabinet. There is no patience, and that is precisely what Lampard had asked for. With a young team, he had made it to the FA Cup final and secured Champions League qualification. But it was not enough. After the team dropped to ninth place, he was summoned to the office of director Marina Granovskaia. That was Monday morning.
Token of appreciation
The fact that no fans are welcome at Stamford Bridge due to the lockdown will have made the decision easier. As a token of appreciation, Lampard was personally dismissed by Granovskaia, Abramovich’s faithful advisor for decades, reported The Daily Telegraph. Disposable managers with less credit tend to have the most powerful woman in English football dismissed by a subordinate.
A day later Tuchel arrived, the 47-year-old German who has achieved success with Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain. “The Professor” said he realized that only one thing is required of him: a price. And fast. A day later, he made his debut with a goalless draw against Wolves. English talents like Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount had given way to the old guard, with players passing by Lampard.
The change of power also seems to be at the expense of Hakim Ziyech for the time being. The former Ajax player played right inside against Wolves, he was not even on the bench against Burnley. According to Tuchel, he needed a rest.
The ‘oldies’ gave him his first victory against Burnley. 31-year-old Spaniard César Azpilicueta opened the score, towards the end his fellow countryman Marcos Alonso (30) decided the game with a beauty.
The aforementioned banner about Tuchel’s predecessor had been quietly removed.
‘Oldies’ give Tuchel first win at Chelsea
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