“I Made The Foundation For Chelsea Success”: Lampard. Frank Lampard claims he laid the platform for Thomas Tuchel, his successor as Chelsea coach, to succeed at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard, Chelsea’s legend, had his contract terminated in January with the Blues languishing ninth in the Premier League table.
Tuchel has lifted his side to third in the table and reached the Champions League and FA Cup finals in just four months in charge.
However, the former Paris Saint-Germain coach has praised Lampard for qualifying Chelsea for the Champions League in his first ever season in charge despite a transfer ban and getting through the group stages before his dismissal earlier in the season.
“I come away with an overall feeling of pride in what I did in the job. I wanted to stay longer, I wanted real tangible success which, at Chelsea, is winning cups and winning leagues, but it didn’t happen,” Lampard told The Telegraph.
The former England international was inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame earlier on Wednesday in recognition of his three league titles as a Chelsea player.
But he played under different managers who were sacked by the club’s ruthless owner Roman Abramovich as soon as results began to go awry.
And the 42-year-old said he knew the same standards would be expected of him despite his history as one of the club’s all-time greats.
“I don’t make any professional decisions with my heart,” added Lampard. “I took it with a pragmatic view of: ‘what’s the situation? OK, this is Chelsea, I’m going from Derby to Chelsea.’ Not many managers would turn that down.
“I have to say that when you lose your job it’s hard. Anyone who says anything differently is a liar.
“There’s an element of pride, you’re working towards something one day and then it’s taken away from you. That’s life. You have to be a realist about it.”