Exclusive – Chelsea remain 100% committed to Frank Lampard until at least the summer, while the manager himself ’embraces’ the pressure on him amid 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 over 200million. pound sterling.
However, the Blues have now lost three of their last five Premier League outings which saw them drop the top four, seven points behind leaders Liverpool.
Question marks have been raised over Lampard’s ability to get the most out of his talented squad, while his side’s record against the traditional big sides in the division is concerning.
Prior to the 3-0 win over West Ham earlier this month, the Blues had failed to beat any team in the top half of the Premier League table in 2020/21.
Following the disappointing loss to Arsenal on Boxing Day, some have even suggested that Lampard could face real pressure from the board for the first time since taking over the club in 2019.
However, sources close to the manager and the club assured 90 mins that this is not the case.
Despite recent form problems, Chelsea have no major concerns and remain “100%” behind Lampard.
The former England midfielder officially has 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, although not under immediate pressure then, takes responsibility for the poor results and accepts the challenge at Stamford Bridge.
A source said 90 mins: “Frank knows the situation – he feeds on pressure. His ambition on entering management was to be in charge of Chelsea and he knew the pressures that would come with it and his eyes were always open to that.
“He knows the team are better than they see them at the moment, obviously poor results and performance means pressure, but he totally agrees.”
Lampard and Chelsea will next face Manchester City’s top four rivals on January 3 in their first clash in 2021.