Frank Lampard’s position as Chelsea manager will be under ‘greater scrutiny’ should the club fail to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification this season.
Chelsea currently sit fourth in the Premier League despite suffering a poor run of form, the club having won just twice in their past eight league fixtures following Monday night’s 2-0 home defeat to top four rivals Manchester United.
Having begun the season brightly, the west London side have wobbled of late and the board are now believed to be questioning Lampard’s ‘management of his squad’ at Stamford Bridge.
According to the Telegraph, the Chelsea hierarchy were left ‘surprised’ by Lampard’s decision not to recall under-fire goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for the defeat to United this week, the Spain international having been dropped for recent fixtures following a poor run of form.
Whilst the club accept that Lampard may wish to change his number one at the end of the season, they feel that the Blues’ boss should stick with the world’s most expensive goalkeeper over the remainder of the current campaign with veteran deputy Willy Caballero having failed to rectify the club’s goalkeeping woes.
Chelsea face a defining period in their season over the next week as they face fifth-placed Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend, before meeting Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on February 25.
Just one point currently separates Lampard’s side and London rivals Spurs ahead of their meeting at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime, and the fixture could prove crucial to the 41-year-old’s hopes of enjoying a successful first season in charge at the club.