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Chelsea hero Mario Melchiot makes Frank Lampard sack admission and explains key difference under Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea hero Mario Melchiot makes Frank Lampard sack admission and explains key difference under Thomas Tuchel ,Chelsea hero Mario Melchiot makes Frank Lampard sack admission and explains key difference under Thomas Tuchel ,Chelsea hero Mario Melchiot makes Frank Lampard sack admission and explains key difference under Thomas Tuchel

Mario Melchiot has admitted he didn’t want Chelsea to sack Frank Lampard but believes Thomas Tuchel has got the Blues back to their best.

Chelsea sacked Lampard after 18 months in charge in January 2021 with the Blues then ninth in the Premier League table.

The decision split the Blues faithful with some feeling the club legend deserved until the end of the season to turn things around.

But owner Roman Abramovich is ruthless when it comes to sackings and his decision to appoint former Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel ultimately paid off as the German led them to Champions League glory last season.

Melchiot says Tuchel has now made it clear to his players what their individual roles are and as a result the football has improved since Lampard departed.

‘When Thomas Tuchel took the job, we were saying “Chelsea are under pressure,”‘ former Blue Melchiot told BBC Radio 5 Live.

‘Did I want to see the change? No, I wanted Frank Lampard to keep his job. Has Tuchel turned things round? Yes.

‘It looks like every individual knows what to do and that is the difference.

‘He is on track right now and Chelsea are playing some great football.’

With the addition of Romelu Lukaku in the summer, many feel Chelsea can mount a serious challenge against Liverpool and Manchester City for the title.

But former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes isn’t convinced there’s enough goals in Tuchel’s side and they lack a strong defensive line.

‘I think Chelsea have got the manager to challenge. I’m just not sure, not convinced there’s enough goals in the team,’ Scholes said on Sky Sports’ Overlap show.

I think Romelu Lukaku will score goals but are there enough people around him to score goals. I’m not sure Timo Werner will. When he plays for Germany he scores every game, for Chelsea he misses a lot of chances.

‘I also don’t think Chelsea are great defensively. [Antonio] Rudiger has been really good but other than that, Thiago Silva is 36, he’s not going to play every game.

‘[Andreas] Christensen is a young player. In the middle of your pitch Chelsea are alright. But I’m not sure Chelsea will score enough goals and defensively be good enough.’


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