With Chelsea currently enduring a difficult run of results, speculation has started to surface around the position of manager Frank Lampard.
It’s been a disappointing spell with just one win from the previous six Premier League games, leaving them down in ninth in the table and massively struggling for confidence.
The Sun has claimed that there is no immediate pressure of 42-year-old Lampard being sacked by the Blues, but possible alternatives to him are being eyed.
It is reported that Chelsea could move for Thomas Tuchel if Lampard fails, with the German manager now available.
The report states that Stamford Bridge officials have been alerted to his situation with a view to a possible change next summer if results don’t improve.
Tuchel was recently replaced at Paris Saint-Germain by Mauricio Pochettino, but he left the French giants after winning back-to-back Ligue 1 titles and also finishing as runners-up with them in the Champions League final last season.
The 47-year-old has grown a glowing reputation after spells in charge at PSG, Borussia Dortmund and Mainz, but he’s yet to try his hand in English football.
Chelsea defender Thiago Silva, who was a summer signing for the Blues and is an ex-PSG captain, has perhaps given a warning though regarding his former manager Tuchel.
The 36-year-old recently spoke about how the manager’s exit was necessary at French giants PSG:
“It’s difficult but it was predictable that this was going to happen (Tuchel being sacked by PSG). Not now, but being inside, we knew there were situations that had to be changed,” Silva said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
Despite the fact Tuchel is successful manager that has shown his tactical nous in the past, he’s had problems with club’s owners before with some outspoken comments and he’d surely have no luck battling with Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich.
But all the speculation regarding a new manager should be binned for now.
Club legend Lampard has to be given time to dig his side out of a mini slump and it’s hardly a crisis yet, as the league looks so competitive this year and he encountered a similar problem last season.