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Drogba: Lampard isn’t responsible for Chelsea’s struggles

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Didier Drogba is adamant that his old team-mate Frank Lampard is a great coach, who’s been hindered by Chelsea’s transfer ban.

Lampard, who replaced Maurizio Sarri in July, has struggled to yield the kind results expected at a big club like Chelsea.

The 41-year-old has only tasted victory once in his first five matches in charge at Stamford Bridge. Not helping matters are doubts over his team selections, with even his old Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho questioning them.

The biggest factor, though, of Lampard’s first campaign in his dream job is the club’s two-window transfer ban.

Following the loss star player Eden Hazard, Lampard couldn’t search for a replacement and he recently admitted Chelsea could’ve done with some new faces this summer.

Therefore, Drogba thinks it’s inevitable that this season was always going to be a hard one for Lampard anyway.

“I think he’s a really good coach, but this year it’s a bit more difficult because he doesn’t have many options due to the sanction,” the Blues legend told EFE.

“But I am proud of him.”

Drogba is Chelsea’s fourth-highest all-time scorer on 164 goals and also added 86 assists in 381 appearances.

The former Ivory Coast international spent the majority of his career in a Blues jersey across two separate spells, and saw him collect four Premier League titles and a Champions League as part of the 14 trophies he won.

After a stellar playing career that spanned across two decades in five different countries, the 41-year-old retired last November.

When asked how his post-football life is going, Drogba replied: “I want to be in a team, to score goals and to play important games.

“But it’s part of life, the end of a cycle as a player.

“In this new cycle, I have met very interesting people like [FIA motorsport president] Jean Todt, working on new projects for the future, I am very busy.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 24: Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates with team mates and the trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 24, 2015 in London, England. Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)