Frank Lampard’s impact as Chelsea manager has impressed Ricardo Carvalho, who expects a title challenge next season.
After proving his credentials at Derby County in the Championship, Lampard took on his dream job by replacing Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager last summer.
The Englishman’s return to Stamford Bridge came just days after Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid materialized. And thanks to FIFA’s transfer ban, Chelsea had no means to replace their star man or sign another new player.
Making use of the club’s talented academy graduates, however, Lampard compensated. It led to breakthroughs for stars like Tammy Abraham, Reece James, and Mason Mount.
A fourth-place finish in the Premier League followed, securing Chelsea Champions League football for next season. The FA Cup final and UCL last-16 defeats were disappointing, though.
It not only cost Lampard a chance to claim his first trophy as a manager, but it left pundits questioning his methods.
But Carvalho, who played alongside Lampard at Chelsea between 2004 and 2010, is certain his former teammate can lead a Premier League title challenge next season.
The star-studded arrivals of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will help the 42-year-old’s cause, as could Kai Havertz should the Bayer Leverkusen star arrive in London this summer.
Carvalho told the Daily Mail: “Given he lost Eden Hazard, so far he’s done very well.
“He achieved a Champions League place for next season which of course is very important, and has brought in young, talented players.
“Frank is building a very good team and I expect next year he can fight for the title with those players, for sure.”