According to Frank Lampard Chelsea shouldn’t sack Jose Mourinho right now, despite the defending champion’s shocking run of six defeats from opening 11 Premier League matches.
When Speaking on Monday Night Football, former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard requested the Blues hierarchy to think about a long-term stint as the sixth league defeat of this campaign left Chelsea struggling 15th in the points table.
Mourinho’s side yet again suffered a shoking home 3-1 defeat to Liverpool last Saturday which is their third league defeat at Stamford Bridge this season, and legendary English midfielder thinks parts of the Blues’ game seemed “broken” in front of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
“Jose Mourinho loves a high-intensity game, and I didn’t see that,” Lampard said. “I watched Chelsea press [against Liverpool], and it was broken. When you are a couple of seconds late, the opponents can play out.
“I don’t think I’m being over-critical, I know the boys, but some people are leaders and vocal in the dressing room. We all know Chelsea have had that spine for quite a few years, but you look around now, and you think do they [still]?
Lampard also backed struggling hazard also saying, “Eden Hazard is one of the best players in the world, he proved that last year, but he’s not going to be a vocal man. He’s a player to get on the ball and make things happen going forward. You have to look around the team and hope that changes very quickly.”
Defeat to Liverpool has stranded Chelsea 10 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United. After that loss, reports started to flash that a portion of the first team players had stopped supporting Mourinho. However, Lampard doesn’t believe these rumours, and urged the club to give full support to the Portuguese manager as they are desperate to find a way out of current mess.
“Well, it is nonsense if it is happening – and I don’t believe it is,” he said. “I don’t think players at the top level can down tools. Your first responsibility as a player is to yourself – if you are downing tools, the only one who looks stupid is yourself.
“This is not a great moment, this is not a time to flick the ball around the corner and have great games. This is a time for players to knuckle down and win games, maybe the hard way. These rumours around big players… the problem is when you are having a hard time, these stories become bigger. I don’t think those words would have been spoken, but it’s not great that they’re coming out.
“When you look at it, it is crazy [the numbers of managers Chelsea have had in the Roman Abramovich era]. But Chelsea is a unique club. I think there’s such a desire to win and a pressure to win. The owner, the board, they have taken the decisions to win, and to be fair to them, as Chelsea people we can’t complain.
Lampard insisted, “We have had a lot of managers, and it might look messy, but we have got a lot of Premier League titles and a Champions League. What has been said recently is they want stability, so that’s the interesting thing to see now.”
He is also adamant that Chelsea right now needs stability to ensure the future success in the top flight of European football, “Stability is the ideal. Manchester United were the ideal with Sir Alex Ferguson and the same with the great Liverpool managers of the past, it’s the ideal. You want to see a manager stay, you want to see young players coming through, and that’s the intriguing thing to see now, to see if Chelsea stick with him. He’s got a four-year contract and he has got the best record as Chelsea manager. He is proven world class, and I think they should stick with him.”
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