Chelsea boss Frank Lampard looks on against Borussia Monchengladbach, (c) Soccrates Images

Chelsea line-up Frank Lampard’s replacement amid subpar results

Frank Lampard is yet to impress as the Chelsea manager and the latest results have cast doubts over his future at the club.

Chelsea have been underperforming in recent weeks and the latest results have mounted the pressure onto Frank Lampard. The Blues have now drawn three of their last five matches and lost one on penalties as well, in all competitions. Lampard simply does not seem to have an answer to the club’s defensive problems whereas the attack is not firing either despite boasting the likes of Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

Having already lost to Liverpool and conceded nine goals in the league campaign, the west Londoners are eighth in the league and in spite of breaking the bank, it looks unlikely that they will finish in a Champions League spot unless there’s a major turn in proceedings. In a bid to turn the club’s fortunes, Roman Abramovich has lined up a replacement, Express reports.

Massimiliano Allegri is the name being talked about in the Blues’ offices. The Italian has been without a job since leaving Juventus at the end of the 2018/19 campaign and despite being linked with Barcelona and Manchester United in the last few months, he continues being a free agent. Allegri did an incredible job with the Bianconeri, guiding them to numerous Serie A crowns and two Champions League finals.

If Chelsea manage to get their hands on Allegri, they may be in for a treat given that he is tactically astute. The 53-year-old takes a pragmatic approach to matches and is known for getting the best out of both- defence and offence. Max Allegri’s Juventus side conceded just twice in the whole Champions League 2016/17 campaign before losing 4-1 in the final.

Lampard’s biggest problem right now is that his tactics are too predictable. Chelsea’s defence is easier to breach than any other top six side’s and that has cost them more than anything. Kepa Arrizabalaga has obviously been responsible for the debacles, but the club’s situation is at a point that nobody in the back four is doing their duties properly.

N’Golo Kante being played in an advanced position has also spoilt the side’s stability.

Allegri would certainly add a lot to this current Chelsea side. His defensive tactics will ensure that they are organised at the back and the fast-flowing attacking plays will get the best out of the club’s flamboyant attackers in Havertz, Pulisic, Werner and Hakim Ziyech. However, it’s easier said than done and Lampard’s legendary status at Chelsea may prevent him from being fired.