Paul Merson has claimed that the pressure is on Chelsea manager Frank Lampard going into his side’s weekend game and has stressed that he won’t be afforded lots of time in his position after being backed heavily in the transfer market.
The Blues have recruited extremely well over the last few months to bring some top-class players to Stamford Bridge, but the task is now trying to get them all to gel and he needs to do so while picking up wins.
It’s been a somewhat underwhelming beginning to the season, earning eight points from the opening five league games.
There was also the exit in the Carabao Cup to Tottenham on penalties, while in midweek they started the Champions League group stages with a 0-0 home draw against Sevilla.
Chelsea are preparing to face Man United at Old Trafford on Saturday evening in the league and it feels like a huge game for both.
They are both desperate for three points to make up for slow starts to the campaign, but it’s United who have won three of the last four meetings between the teams.
Pundit Merson believes that the pressure will already be building on Chelsea boss Lampard and has highlighted the importance of the weekend.
“I think this is a big match for Frank now against Manchester United. Now, all of a sudden the pressure is on Lampard. His side drew 3-3 with Southampton and then couldn’t score against Sevilla,” Merson told the Daily Star.
“Chelsea have already lost big games this season. If he loses this game there will be serious questions asked. I don’t think he’s going to get loads of time this season because of all the money they’ve spent, and he needs to start getting it right.”
Lampard is a Chelsea legend that many consider to be the club’s greatest ever player, but if he’s to be solely judged on his role as a manager then it’s important that things start to click into place quickly.
After an impressive campaign last year to earn a top four finish, the ambition has to be much higher around this year after spending big on the likes of Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Timo Werner.
Lampard is definitely still trying to find the right balance of his side and he needs to quickly work out his best XI.