Jurgen Klopp reckons Frank Lampard’s sacking was ‘harsh’ but insists the Chelsea squad inherited by Thomas Tuchel is a ‘present’ to the new head coach.
Chelsea have announced former Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel as their new head coach following a decision to part company with Lampard this week, the 42-year-old dismissed after just 18 months in charge following a poor run of form.
Lampard invested heavily during the summer and spent more than £220m on a wealth of new talent, though a run of just two wins in eight league fixtures has seen Chelsea drop to ninth and six points adrift of the Champions League places.
Klopp has given his verdict on Lampard’s sacking and believes the decision was ‘harsh’ despite Chelsea’s recent form, before outlining his belief that compatriot Tuchel will be relishing the chance to work with a talented squad at Stamford Bridge.
“Chelsea did an incredible job in the transfer market this summer, and brought in some really good players,” Klopp told a pre-match press conference ahead of his sides clash with Spurs tomorrow.
”Things like this need time and it’s real harsh to make a decision this early.
“Of course, Mr Abramovich gives you a chance with money but he is not the most patient person in the world. I feel for Frank because he is a young manager but he will be fine. Frank did a lot of really good stuff last year and now he can go anywhere.
“How many coaches have Chelsea had in the last 10 years? Quite a lot. You are either successful or you are out.
“For Thomas Tuchel, it is great. Unfortunately, he is a good manager and I respect him a lot. This Chelsea squad is a present and I’m sure Thomas sees it like that.”