Chelsea’s 1-0 victory in the west London derby against Fulham last Saturday probably saved Frank Lampard’s job. The Blues have only picked up four points from a possible 18 in their last six games, putting the former midfielder’s position as coach in jeopardy, with Thomas Tuchel being linked with the hot seat at Stamford Bridge.
The victory against Fulham still doesn’t prevent Lampard from being the joint-worst coach in Roman Abramovich’s 17-and-a-half-year era at the club, averaging just 1.70 points per game in the Premier League.
Both Lampard and Andre Villas-Boas share the honour of being the least successful coaches in Abramovich’ reign, with the Portuguese coach being sacked after just 27 games.
Surprisingly the best coach in the Russian’s time owning the club is Avram Grant, who had an average of 2.31 points per game.
Lampard arrived from Derby County in the summer of 2019 and has been in charge for 56 Premier League matches, in which he has won 28, drawn 11 and lost 17.
Last year, Chelsea finished in fourth place, occupying the last Champions League slot, and lost in the FA Cup final to Arsenal (2-1), whilst they bowed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage to Bayern Munich after losing 7-1 on aggregate.
The most goals conceded since 2003
Lampard had a commitment to youth players last season, with the likes of Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Tammy Abraham all featuring heavily for the Blues.
Despite having added Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and Hakim Ziyech to the squad, the youngsters are still very prominent in the Chelsea side, a team that has already conceded 54 goals this season, their worst record in this category since the 1996/97 season, when they let in 79 goals in all competitions.
Never has a coach conceded so many in the Abramovich era, with Lampard averaging 1.44 goals conceded per game.
According to Squakwa, Roberto Di Matteo (1.33), Guus Hiddink (1.26) and Villas-Boas (1.08) are the managers just above Lampard for goals conceded per game.
The silver linings for Lampard’s Chelsea
Not all is bad at Chelsea, as they are the team that has scored the second-most goals in the final 15 minutes of matches with 11 this season. Only Leicester City have scored more with 12, something that Atletico Madrid need to be aware of in their Champions League tie with the Blues in February.
Chelsea have also scored the most from a dead-ball situations in the Premier League, joint with Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, with both teams on seven goals.
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