Jamie Redknapp: Chelsea FC need to forget about top-four finish under Frank Lampard
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp gives his verdict on Frank Lampard's situation at Chelsea FC
Jamie Redknapp says any Chelsea FC fan that thinks Frank Lampard should be leading the Blues to a top-four finish and a trophy this season is deluded.
The Blues extended their winless start under Frank Lampard on Sunday afternoon after Chelsea FC were held to a 1-1 draw with Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.
Promising Chelsea FC midfielder Mason Mount broke the deadlock in the seventh minute but Leicester star Wilfred Ndidi equalised in the second half to deny the home side a first win of the season.
Chelsea FC are in 15th position in the Premier League table after the west London side suffered a 4-0 loss to their bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend.
Lampard was appointed as the new Chelsea FC manager in July after Maurizio Sarri ended his affiliation with the Stamford Bridge outfit after just one season.
Sarri led Chelsea FC to a third-placed finish and the Europa League title thanks in part to Eden Hazard’s performances throughout the campaign.
The Belgian forward moved to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window, while Chelsea FC served their transfer ban handed out by Fifa.
Sky Sports pundit Redknapp believes it’s unrealistic for Chelsea FC to expect Lampard to secure a top-four finish and a trophy this term.
“Of course, Lampard has to be treated differently because Chelsea have lost their superstar,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“Hazard was the one player that would produced a piece of magic to make a goal or score a goal.
“You’ve not been able to buy a player but Manchester United have gone out and got Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, spent £130m-odd on players. But Chelsea haven’t had that luxury so of course, they have to be treated differently.
“And if you think Lampard should finish in the top four and win a cup, you’re deluded. It’s completely wrong to have that expectation.
“This manager needs time, he’s going to give young players an opportunity and if he finishes in the top four, that’s an incredible achievement with this team. They have to finish in the top six, I think, because they have good enough players to do that, plus the know-how and winning mentality.
“He’s not blessed with the best squad Chelsea have ever had. There are not many who would have got in the teams Ashley [Cole] played in or maybe even Antonio Conte’s team. But that’s why they’ve got to be patient, which is not something they’re always keen to have at Chelsea.”