Carlo Ancelotti believes his former club Chelsea must show “patience” with Frank Lampard, but admitted it is a “rare” quality in football.
Ancelotti spent two seasons in charge of Chelsea, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Community Shield.
However, he found out how ruthless the Blues can be when he was sacked for not retaining the title he had led them to.
Lampard is also in his second season as Chelsea manager and is coming under pressure. Despite positive results towards the start of the season, things have taken a turn for the worse recently.
Chelsea have lost four of their last six games in the Premier League, slipping to ninth in the table as a result.
Their form has put Lampard’s position as manager at risk. He has been warned that the club will show no sympathy to him despite his previous achievements with them as a player.
Therefore, he may be getting nervous about his future. Indeed, reports have suggested Chelsea already have an idea of who they would replace him with.
Ancelotti, though, believes Chelsea would be making a mistake if they were to part company with Lampard so soon.
He told Gazzetta Dello Sport: “They’ve bought a lot of players in the summer and in this case, like at Juventus, there needs to be patience, a rare commodity in football.”
Why aren’t Chelsea clicking?
As Ancelotti referenced, Chelsea bought a lot of high-profile players in the summer. However, not all of them have made an instant impact.
Their new attackers have been struggling in particular. Timo Werner is without a goal since November 7th, and Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz are on even longer droughts.
However, someone who was already at the club thinks he knows the answer to why they aren’t clicking at present.