Abramovich and big gamble with Lampard
Chelsea’s legend re-emerged at Stamford Bridge just as the team entered a difficult time.
Lampard received great support from the players and fans when returning to Stamford Bridge. However, the appointment of the military leader has only one year of work experience in the First Division in England as a big gamble with owner Abramovich.
In 16 years of ownership of Chelsea, the Russian billionaire has appointed 11 coaches. They all have impressive records of experience, achievements and training styles. The names such as Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Guus Hiddink, Antonio Conte … Maurizio Sarri closest to it have created their own mark. Abramovich is also ready to do something unexpected like appointing manager Avram Grant, a little-known man with no playing experience. Russian billionaire has chosen Roberto Di Matteo to become the interim coach after the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas, and it was the first person to bring Chelsea to the Champions League in 2012.
Lampard became the first Englishman to lead Chelsea since 1993 after a series of foreign coaches. More than anyone else, he knows the risks of accepting training at Chelsea. Mourinho was sacked twice despite bringing in three Premier League championships, Sarri resigned despite winning the Europa League. Leading Chelsea is always under pressure and requires very high success.
Lampard understood this and knew Abramovich would not be too emotional. He always acted decisively if the team seriously deteriorated even though the coaches brought back so many glory. However, Abramovich has been more or less specific to Lampard when securing the future for at least two seasons.
Chelsea legend returns at the tough time of the Stamford Bridge team. The team is prohibited from transferring from FIFA and losing the biggest star is Eden Hazard. This is an opportunity for Lampard to show off by the British strategist who values talent such as Callum Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek, Harry Wilson, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.
This is consistent with the context of Chelsea having to use resources from the youth team and the players being lent to them. Lampard will be working with a series of former teammates at Chelsea, Petr Cech is back as Technical Director, Joe Cole as a youth coach or Jodi Morris, Lampard’s assistant at Derby County.
Lampard’s peak period was associated with brilliant milestones at Chelsea. Lampard was the biggest scorer with 221 goals in 648 games after 13 years, earning 11 major titles including Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup.
He took over Derby County for a year but brought them to the play-off final to win the Premier League ticket. In 57 league matches, Lampard won 24, drawn 17 and lost 16, winning rate was 42.11%. This is a number that shows the quality of a talented coach. Fans also hope he will become the legendary coach to bring glory to Chelsea.
With the welcome at Stamford Bridge, this is both Lampard’s leap forward and a “bet” for Abramovich.