Rio Ferdinand has claimed that any recent harsh criticism fired towards Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is uncalled for, as well as stating that his position at Stamford Bridge shouldn’t be under threat.
The Blues brushed aside League Two Morecambe 4-0 on Sunday in the FA Cup third round, but went into that match on the back of one victory in their previous six Premier League matches.
With the club sat ninth in the league table, there has been plenty of talk about Lampard.
Ferdinand though has defended his former England teammate by saying that he should get the benefit of the doubt with a new-look squad.
“It’s been a really sticky time for Chelsea of late. He’s come under a bit of scrutiny, people shouting him out in the media. I don’t think it’s been called for to be honest with you,” Ferdinand said.
“I think he’s got a whole new squad almost. Big players have come in, that takes time. I think he deserves that time. He did well last year given no transfer window.”
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Despite being adored by the Chelsea fanbase, Lampard is not exempt from criticism.
There has to be a turnaround in league results quickly, as they are in danger of losing serious ground on the top four if their recent form continues.
But a cup win should give them confidence going into this weekend’s derby against Fulham and perhaps it can be the catalyst they need.
Lampard overcame a similar dip last season and needs that same kind of response now.
Chelsea have to deal with the added pressure after a busy summer of spending, which is why hopefully the German duo of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner start firing on all cylinders like they are capable of doing.