If Chelsea decides to let go of Frank Lampard then their next manager will likely speak German, according to The Athletic.

Chelsea fell to another Premier League defeat last night at the hands of Leicester City as previous questions over Lampard’s credentials were reignited.

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at The King Power Stadium on January 19, 2021 in Leicester, United Kingdom. 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 Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

David Ornstein of The Athletic had already identified possible replacements after the Blues lost to Manchester City earlier this month.

Names included Julian Nagelsmann of RB Leipzig and free-agent Thomas Tuchel, both German citizens who have managed in their homeland.

Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl was also mentioned, a man who forged his way from the German third tier to taking Leipzig into the Champions League.

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 16: Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton at The King Power Stadium on January 16, 2021 in Leicester, England. Sporting stadiums around England 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 Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

This would fit the narrative that Chelsea want a native speaker or someone who is aware of the culture that can unlock the capabilities of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

Neither have been truly ground breaking signings since arriving from the Bundesliga last summer and have struggled in their new English setting.

Both are clearly exceptional talents who didn’t get to this position by chance. But it feels as if they need a coach who understands their natural game better.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 10: Timo Werner of Chelsea celebrates with team mate Kai Havertz after scoring their side’s second goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Morecambe at Stamford Bridge on January 10, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around England 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 Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Another under the German umbrella is Christian Pulisic, who joined from Borussia Dortmund two years ago and there’s also a sense he too can step up another level.

Hasenhuttl worked with Werner at Leipzig, who has already said Chelsea aren’t getting the best out of the forward, whilst Tuchel oversaw Pulisic’s development at Dortmund.

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DORTMUND, GERMANY – APRIL 29: Christian Pulisic of Dortmund speak with Head coach Thomas Tuchel of Dortmund during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Koeln at Signal Iduna Park on April 29, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

The Athletic also suggested that these particular coaches would provide a ‘clarity of tactical thought’ that involves ‘improving the collective’ whilst also ‘raising individual standards’.

This would oppose the current Chelsea model of spending a lot of money on gifted individuals but ultimately unable to bring them together as a team.

Lampard has not yet been able to orchestrate his expensive ensemble, which has been his downfall of late.

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No doubt the Chelsea hierarchy will be exploring other options considering the already thin ice Lampard has been skating on.

A German manager is not a route they have gone down before and one I’m sure they’d be intrigued pursuing, considering the successes of those at other clubs.

I think Hasenhuttl would be an excellent addition if the time comes for Lampard. The job he’s done with the Saints is outstanding and deserves a chance at a so-called ‘bigger club’.

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