Lampard at Chelsea: When things deviate from the trajectory
Frank Lampard has not been able to keep Chelsea on track in the same way he and his players used to perform at the beginning of the season.
According to statistics from W88 Gambling Site, Frank Lampard has only won a 49% win rate this season with Chelsea, the lowest of all coaches in the whole season since owner Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003.
Only once in the Abramovich era, Chelsea had a lower win rate in the 2015/16 season when Jose Mourinho was fired. At that time, Mourinho and Guus Hiddink, who replaced in the last 2 months, only won 38%.
Apart from the case above, no other Chelsea coach has a win rate below the 50% mark until now Lampard.
The former England international had a dream start at Stamford Bridge when he and his players overcame the difficulties of the FIFA transfer ban to ensure Chelsea kept up with the top teams. However, in recent months, the Blues show signs of slowing down with a series of losing matches. Currently, although Chelsea is still in the top 4, the gap with the top team Liverpool is 35 points, while only three points behind the team.
Most recently, the chance to enter the quarterfinals of the Champions League is considered closed after losing to Bayern Munich 0-3 at home in the first leg of the round of 1/8. Perhaps only a miracle could help Lampard turn the tide in the rematch at the Allianz-Arena.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s best season was under Antonio Conte during the 2016/17 season. That year, the Italian strategist achieved a staggering 77% win rate, surpassing the previous 70% record set in the 2009/10 season with coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Perhaps the legendary cover of the former Chelsea captain is gradually losing effect when the Chelsea fans themselves have turned away from Lampart after the bad results recently.
It is easy to see how things are bad for Lampard at the 2-0 loss to Manchester United, Chelsea fans did not hesitate to boo their head coach. The boos came at the time Lampard decided to replace Michy Batshuayi with Olivier Giroud. It is ironic why the “World Cup 2018 champions” were not brought in earlier to replace the Belgian striker who was playing so faintly.
By the 68th minute of the match in London, Chelsea fans were too bored with everything. They screamed, also in a sarcastic voice, every time referee Anthony Taylor made a decision in favor of “The Blues”. It feels like just once VAR gave Chelsea a favor, or Batshuayi scored a goal, the stands of Stamford Bridge will burst into laughter of ridicule.
In the Premier League this season, Chelsea have lost 5 times at home and won only 4 times in the last 14 times. Chelsea, somehow, is still in the top 4 teams. Their expected score is only about 60 points, the yearly achievement worth the 7th or 8th position. That is the parameter that emphasizes the confusing fluctuations of the group in the middle of the rankings this season. Even if Chelsea can keep their place until the end of the season, we will still have the 4th place in the worst Premier League history.
So far, the cover of “the beloved former player, returning to Chelsea during the club’s transfer ban, witnessing the team that sold the best player in the last decade” has not been completely useless. However, no matter how unlucky they are against Man United, Chelsea must realize the privilege they have given to Lampard makes the team somewhat in a difficult position.
There is still time for Lampard and his associates, but there is no reason to protect Lampard and his associates if the team’s performances have not turned positive. And in the case, the day the Lampard leaves the Chelsea will not be so far away.