These five tacticians are in the running for the Stamford Bridge job.
When Frank Lampard took over at Chelsea, it was touted to be the start of a new era for the former Chelsea player who looked to further the legacy that he created as a player at Stamford Bridge. Lampard came in with the pedigree of having almost got Derby County promoted to the Premier League in his first managerial job.
However, tables have turned dramatically at Stamford Bridge since then with Chelsea languishing far from the top four in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Chelsea decided to sack Frank Lampard as a result and are in search of their new manager.
Here are five managers who could replace Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
5. Julian Nagelsmann
According to reports, Julian Nagelsmann was one of the suitors to replace Frank Lampard at Chelsea. The German has become one of the most sought-after managers in Europe with his exploits at Hoffenheim and now at RB Leipzig.
Nagelsmann led Leipzig to the Champions League semifinals last season and his arrival could prove to be a great signal of intent from the Blues. He would also be familiar with Timo Werner who also made the switch from Leipzig to Chelsea.
4. Lucien Favre
Former Dortmund manager Lucien Favre is another candidate to replace Frank Lampard at Chelsea. The Swiss has managed teams like Dortmund, Nice and Borussia Monchengladbach in his career.
Favre led Dortmund to consecutive second place finishes and also won the DFL-Supercup with Dortmund in 2019. Favre is known for his attacking and dynamic football and his style could blend well with the quality of players that Chelsea have. Favre’s gameplay includes attacking wing-backs and in Ben Chilwell and Reece James Chelsea have the just the right set of options that Favre could thrive with.
3. John Terry
Chelsea’s record appearance maker John Terry could fancy a return to his old stomping ground as manager. Terry who is currently working as the assistant manager to Dean Smith at Aston Villa has overseen Villa’s rapid rise from the Championships to the highs of the Premier League.
While Chelsea could be skeptical in signing a former player in the possible aftermath of the situation with Frank Lampard, Terry comes in with decent managerial experience and knows the club inside out.
2. Massimiliano Allegri
Former Juventus manager Max Allegri could be one of the frontrunners to replace Frank Lampard. Allegri comes in with plenty of managerial experience having managed AC Milan and Juventus and with six Serie A titles and multiple Champions League final appearances.
Allegri’s gameplay involves keeping more possession and exerting control in the midfield with more short passes. With players like Jorginho and Kovacic in midfield, Allegri could find the job to his liking and could instantly increase the profile of Chelsea.
Taking in from his Italian predecessors Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri who eventually preceded and succeeded him at Juventus, Allegri could prove to be a shrewd addition to the Blues.
1. Thomas Tuchel
At the top of the list is Thomas Tuchel who recently parted ways with Paris Saint-Germain. Tuchel is reported widely to be the front-runner for the job and comes in with enough credentials in his resume.
The German won Ligue 1 titles twice in his time with PSG. But undoubtedly, his biggest achievement would be leading Le Parisiens to the final of the UEFA Champions League last season where they narrowly lost out to Bayern Munich. Tuchel also won the DFL Supercup with Borussia Dortmund.
His appointment could bring in a fresh approach to Chelsea with the German’s tactics employing more of a pressing and attacking approach. Tuchel employs an intensive 4-3-3 formation which sees his players constantly looking to retrieve the ball and dominate possession similar to the tactics employed by Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.