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Grant believes Abramovich went easy on Lampard

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Avram Grant believes Chelsea had a good season under the circumstances, but owner Roman Abramovich went easy on Frank Lampard.

Frank Lampard assumed the role of Chelsea boss after Maurizo Sarri jumped ship after just one year at the club.

The Blues were under a transfer embargo for the start of Lampard’s tenure and although they sold talisman Eden Hazard they were unable to buy any new players.

It’s safe to say many considered the job a poisoned chalice. After an opening day four-nil defeat to Manchester United, the question was how long could Lampard survive?

However, the club legend was given time and patience that few have been afforded in the past by Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.

Whether it was due to the extenuating circumstances or a sense of loyalty to a once so faithful servant.

Lampard turned the club’s fortunes around and the season was not a total disaster.

Even without making any additions and putting his faith in youth the team finished fourth and guaranteed a spot in next year’s Champions League.

Former manager Avram Grant believes that Lampard jas done a good job given the situation, but had he delivered such a season to Abramovich he would not have got off so lightly.

Speaking to Stats Perform News he said:

“I think it’s a good season, especially compared to how it began, without being allowed to buy players.” 

“Compared to the requirement of Roman Abramovich, if I told him some years ago that fourth place would be good for him, probably he would send me to Siberia.”

Lampard is still in with a chance of some silverware too, with an FA Cup final to play against Arsenal.