Currently in 11th place, Lampard’s team may end the season in the bottom half of the standings for the first time since 1996. That would be a fittingly depressing end to a tumultuous season that saw the firings of Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter before Lampard returned for a second stint as manager.
Interim manager Frank Lampard’s Chelsea ended their streak of six consecutive losses by winning against Bournemouth last weekend. Lampard’s team broke their losing streak with the victory, and rumors speculate that Mauricio Pochettino may replace Lampard in the offseason. Chelsea will play against the struggling Nottingham Forest on Saturday, a game that Everton, Lampard’s former team, will be watching closely, giving Chelsea an opportunity to influence the relegation battle.
Everton fired Lampard in January, and the Toffees are still in trouble, lying one spot below Forest and two points above the relegation zone. Lampard remarked on Friday, “We play for pride in every game no matter the consequence for everybody else.” “We are worried about the consequences for us. At this moment, Everton’s future is in their own hands; I am not concerned.
Despite the fact that Chelsea’s triumph at Bournemouth was a much-needed reprieve for the team—which hadn’t experienced victory since March 11—Lampard emphasized the need to maintain perspective. You shouldn’t become overexcited after a victory, he advised. “I could look at a loss and see the bright side, or I could look at a win and see how much we still have to work on.
“It’s good for that overall sense of confidence in the facility, but it’s only a minor step toward where we want to be. The solution is not going to be to celebrate all week. Another Premier League match features a squad that is battling for its own existence.Because those are the Premier League rules, we must match that fervor and ambition.