Rio Ferdinand believes Chelsea will fall short in the race for the top four spots despite Thomas Tuchel’s positive impact and said the German’s job could be at risk.
As it stands, Chelsea are just one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool following an unbeaten run under the new manager.
Chelsea can even climb to fourth with a win against Newcastle United on Monday.
However, Ferdinand still thinks Liverpool, along with Man United, Man City, and Leicester City, will finish above Chelsea.
“I think there’s a bit too much to do maybe [for Chelsea to finish top four],” he told BT Sport.
“Leicester are still a fairly consistent team and I think the other teams will just be able to stay ahead of them.
“I think Tuchel will get it right there, I do like him as a manager.
“The players have taken to him immediately, but I think there will be a little bit to do maybe to get in there.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they did, but that’s what I’ve gone for.”
‘Tuchel could get the sack’ according to Ferdinand
Obviously, the Chelsea board might not appreciate improvements on the pitch without results.
Chelsea made it clear in the official statement when they announced Lampard’s departure: “It was decided a change is needed now to give the club time to improve performances and results this season.”
And according to Ferdinand, Tuchel might lose his job if he fails to secure a top-four spot.
“I think the remit is 100% Champions League football at a minimum once he’s gone in there,” the former Manchester United defender added.
“We’ll have to see — with the way that regime is run he could get the sack.
“I think Frank’s [Lampard] sitting at home saying I could’ve got that team in the top four.”