Have you ever dreamed of a chelam dunk? But the manager was Frank Lampard.
Chelsea lost 0-2 in the second leg of the 2022-23 season European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) quarterfinals against Real Madrid held at Stamford Bridge in London, England at 4:00 am (Korean time) on the 19th. . Chelsea had to settle for the quarterfinals as they collapsed with an aggregate score of 0-4.
Chelsea lost again. Chelsea sacked manager Graham Porter 카지노and hired Frank Lampard, the club’s all-time greatest player. Lampard, who had previously managed Chelsea, was sacked after two seasons. Afterwards, he was assigned to Everton and led the English Premier League (EPL) retention, but was sacked after suffering the worst slump this season.
Coach Lampard, who was in charge for the rest of the season, lost every game he played after taking office. They lost 0-1 to Wolverhampton and lost 0-2 in the first leg of the quarterfinal against Real Madrid. They also lost 1-2 to Brighton. In the second leg of the quarterfinals, they lost 0-2 to Real Madrid. It’s already 4 losses in a row. The performance is the worst, but there are many evaluations that it is worse than Porter’s time. With simultaneous sluggishness in the league and UCL, skepticism is already emerging.
Even when Lampard came, there were many people who dreamed of the so-called ‘Cellam Dunk’. It is a reference to the famous basketball cartoon Slam Dunk, and it meant that Chelsea would dramatically win the UCL in the season when the manager was sacked. In the 2011-12 season, coach Roberto Di Matteo did it, and recently, in the 2020-21 season, coach Thomas Tuchel replaced Lampard and won the Big Year (UCL Trophy).
I had rosy hopes that a pleasant history would repeat itself, but Lampard was not the right person to make that dream come true. The tactics were a mess. He goes back and forth between 3 and 4, but nothing is going right. He came out with 3 backs in 2 consecutive matches against Real, but he could not even properly block the Real attack. However, the counterattack did not work properly. The space is too open and relied on the individual skills of the strikers. It was a reckless decision considering the current physical condition of Chelsea’s strikers.
Now that we have been eliminated from the UCL, we have to focus on the league. Chelsea are in 11th place, 12 points behind Nottingham Forest in 18th place, who are in the relegation zone. The odds of it falling are slim, but the odds are. Chelsea should be careful, but I can’t be relieved because it’s coach Lampard.