Frank Lampard has had a terrible start to life as the caretaker manager of Chelsea. The Blues were already in big trouble when he replaced Graham Potter in the hot seat, and things have not improved since then. They have lost all three games under the management of the Englishman, and there next test is against Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
Real Madrid have a 2-0 aggregate lead from the first leg. Thus, the Blues have a mountain to climb.
And considering their recent record in front of goal, it is hard to see them scoring two goals or more against Real Madrid. There have been some big comebacks at Stamford Bridge over the years though, so Carlo Ancelotti’s side cannot make the mistake of thinking that the result of this tie is a foregone conclusion. Anything can happen in football.
"“We are not where we want to be. I think broken is a bit much. League position is a reality and we are 2-0 down in this game. We have to work against that.“I don’t think anything tomorrow will be better than winning the Champions League in my opinion because we had many moments of that run of difficulties against Barcelona and Napoli.“But because of the moment we are in, we have to fight very hard to get through, so winning it would be special.”"
Lampard sends clear message before facing Real Madrid
To be honest, there is very little excuse for the season that Chelsea have had. They have broken records in the transfer market, and yet, they are going through their worst campaign of this century.
Of course, one has to question the club’s decision to replace Thomas Tuchel with Potter in the first place. Lampard is only the caretaker manager till the end of the campaign and it remains to be seen who they end up bringing in in the summer. Names like Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique have been floated.
Real Madrid will be hoping that Chelsea’s terrible run continues though. Los Blancos are within touching distance of another Champions League semi finals. If they do qualify, they will face either Manchester City or Bayern Munich.