Frank Lampard: Antonio Conte could leave, Chelsea FC haven’t evolved
The Chelsea FC legend points out the west London side's lack of progress under Antonio Conte in the 2017-18 season
Frank Lampard admits Antonio Conte could leave Chelsea FC given their lack of progress under Antonio Conte in the 2017-18 season.
The Italian head coach took over the reins of the west London side in 2016 after the Blues appointed Conte as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor.
The former Juventus boss took charge of Chelsea FC following their tenth-placed finish in the 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
Conte transformed the Blues into Premier League champions after Chelsea FC finished seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur last term.
However, the title holders have struggled to match Manchester City’s incredible performances and results in the current campaign to leave Chelsea FC in fifth place.
The Blues lost 3-0 to Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday night to leave Chelsea FC with just the FA Cup to play for.
The club’s record goal-scorer Lampard believes Conte’s time could be up at Chelsea FC after the defending champions failed to progress this season.
“He could certainly be gone because there’s been too much negative talk, so when it comes to his or the clubs decision… the players are still fighting for him and he’s obviously a fantastic manager,” Lampard told BT Sport.
“The team has to evolve and unfortunately for Chelsea, this year they haven’t evolved.”
Chelsea FC are in fifth place in the Premier League table and four points behind Liverpool FC in the race to secure a Champions League spot.
The west London side signed England international Ross Barkley, AS Roma defender Emerson Palmieri and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window.