Former Chelsea manager offers Lampard wise advice

BAD TROT: Chelsea manager Frank Lampard keeps a close eye on his charges during the Premier League match against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, London over the weekend. Chelsea have endured a bad run during their last few matches. Picture: ANDY RAIN
WP soccer BAD TROT: Chelsea manager Frank Lampard keeps a close eye on his charges during the Premier League match against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, London over the weekend. Chelsea have endured a bad run during their last few matches. Picture: ANDY RAIN
Image: ANDY RAIN

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has backed under-fire current boss Frank Lampard to turn the Premier League club's fortunes around after a turbulent start to the season.

A huge outlay in the close season, including the signings of German playmaker Kai Havertz and striker Timo Werner raised expectations on Chelsea, who finished fourth in Lampard's first season in charge in 2019-20.

The London club were tipped as title contenders following a strong start to the current campaign but four defeats in six Premier League games have left them in ninth spot and raised the pressure on Lampard.

“You need to be strong when things are not going well, when things are going well everyone is a genius and knows what to do,” Grant, who was sacked just days after guiding Chelsea to the Champions League final in 2008, said in an Instagram post.

“But in a situation like this you need to look for solutions and show a lot of character. What I can say to Frank and the others at the club, is be patient, do whatever is necessary. Don't lose your fighting spirit at the highest level.

“Don't lose what you have here. You need to look for solutions. If you do that then everything will be OK because the quality is there.”

Chelsea host League Two (third-tier) side Morecambe in the FA Cup third round on Sunday. — Reuters 

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