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09.04.2021 Football News

Michael Essien impressed with Frank Lampard's job at Chelsea despite early exit

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Michael Essien
LISTEN APR 9, 2021
Michael Essien

Former Ghana international, Michael Essien has lauded ex-teammate, Frank Lampard job at Chelsea despite his sack.

Lampard, the club top goal scorer was sacked in January after a dwindling start.

Although Lampard lasted just shy of 18 months in the hot seat, Essien believes his former teammate can be proud of what he achieved in that time.

“I have to be proud of him for what he did because I think he did a very good job," he told talkSPORTS.

“He brought several young players through so I think he did a good job. He did very well.

“But it’s the business of football. If the results are not coming then the manager pays for it but he should be very proud of himself.

“Knowing Frank, knowing how strong he is mentally, I’m sure he will bounce back very soon.”

Lampard’s successor, Thomas Tuchel, has made a strong start to life at Stamford Bridge, having gone on a 14-match unbeaten run to begin his reign.

The unbeaten run came to a sudden end as Chelsea suffered a shock 5-2 defeat to West Brom last weekend but Essien believes the German is the right man to lead Chelsea.

He added: “He’s come in and is doing a great job at the moment. I think he’s the right man for the team.

“We just have to support him and wish him very well. Hopefully, he can continue the good job he’s doing at the moment with the football club and the players he’s got.”

Essien and Lampard played together at Chelsea and won several laurels including the 20212 Champions League against Bayern Munich.

Essien is currently having his coaching badges at FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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