Joe Cole believes Frank Lampard must take a great deal of credit if Chelsea complete an FA cup and champions league double this month
Lampard was sacked earlier in the season to make way for Thomas Tuchel, the German overseeing a remarkable turnaround in Chelsea’s fortune, guiding them to two major finals and steering them towards top-four finish in the premier league.
Cole and Lampard were Chelsea team-mates for seven seasons and also played together for Westham and England.
While Cole acknowledges the work Tuchel has done, he believes Lampard 18-month spell as manager also helped drive the club to the brink of a hugely successful season.
I am friends with Frank and I’ve known him since I was a kid so you don’t want to become a cheerleader, Cole told Sportsmail.
Tuchel has come in and done an unbelievable job but you can’t disregard what Frank did-holding the fort during a difficult time, getting the club to a cup final last year, getting Champions league spot even they had lost their best player (Eden Hazard to Real Madrid in 2019)
‘He brought in many of these young players in and put 200 million Euros of talent on the bottom line. They were going through a bad spell earlier in the season and that’s Chelsea- you know if you go through a bad spell you could get the sack.
Frank’s fingerprint will be on the team but you have to credit Tuchel, to come in and have the impact he’s had is extra ordinary. Chelsea is in a really healthy place at the moment so I am very happy, very confident.