Michael Ballack admitted to beIN Sport that Frank Lampard was under pressure the minute Chelsea invested in his squad at the turn of the season.

A successful teammate of Lampard’s, Ballack was sympathetic but not surprised at his former comrades sacking.  

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Frank Lampard of Chelsea celebrates victory over Manchester United with Michael Ballack (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

He said: “This is also due to the immense pressure from the club to have success that is weighing everyone down. Especially the coach.

“With that budget and the investments that are made in the form of player transfers, there is automatically a form of pressure.

“Champions League qualification was achieved but the club has different aims in long run. Frank had to suffer from that since he slipped out of position temporarily.

“He was therefore directly under pressure and in return lost his job.”

Lampard lost his place in charge of Chelsea after a poor run of results that left them mid table in the Premier League.

Chelsea invested heavily last summer on new arrivals in an attempt to turn the team into genuine title contenders. Currently, they are struggling to even break into the European places.

Kai Havertz and Timo Werner were the most expensive arrivals with the biggest reputations.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: Kai Havertz of Chelsea interacts with team mate Timo Werner following the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on January 31, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The German duo had been brought into to transform Chelsea but so far, they’ve been stuck in the mud.

Although their confidence and reputations have taken a beating, it was Lampard who suffered the gravest fate of them all.

A 2-0 defeat to Leicester City last month was the beginning of the end for Chelsea’s then manager. Despite tasting victory over Luton Town in the subsequent fixture, Lampard was replaced pretty promptly by Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel has wasted no time in setting Chelsea straight but he too will be under exactly the same constraints as his predecessor.

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I couldn’t agree more with Ballack. The second Chelsea started pumping money into this project, expectations rose astronomically.

Tuchel’s rebuilding job will only last so long until he’s pushed to bringing in more players and that could turn ugly.  

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