Frank Lampard is under increased pressure after Chelsea’s 3-1 home loss to rivals Man City on Sunday.
Lampard is going through a tough time as Blues boss with Chelsea winning one of their last eight fixtures.
Sunday’s defeat did little to help Lampard’s cause as Chelsea ran into a City side which looks to be turning a corner after a rough start. Man City took the game by the scruff of the neck and barely gave Chelsea an inch.
This has sparked speculation and Chelsea are already looking at potential replacements such as Thomas Tuchel.
Pressure is inevitable
In his post-match presser, Lampard mentioned that pressure was going to be constantly there. He said: “I expected periods of difficulty this year. I said it when we beat Leeds. I know it doesn’t come easy…
“A month ago, people were saying when was I going to get a new contract. The pressure remains constant in this job. You know in tough moments that will be there. My job is to keep working and lift the players.
“I always feel heat. I even did when we were on our good run. We are not a team that has been churning out results as the likes of [Manchester] City and Liverpool [have].”
Lampard’s new signings such as Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have struggled to hit the ground running. As Chelsea Central’s Michael Mongie wrote, this could change for the better if the latter was played more in their preferred positions.
Thiago Silva’s presence has been beneficial for the likes of Kurt Zouma with the Frenchman showing improvements. Silva has good games but like this Chelsea side, a terrible game is never too far behind.
Patience is required
A young manager like Lampard was always going to encounter trying times such as this current period. Lampard has the temperament for the job but faces a constant battle to produce and repay the faith shown in him from those above him.