Essien Keeping Fingers Crossed Ahead Of New Season

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A lot has been said about what will be the outcome of Frank Lampard’s first season in charge of Chelsea. The 41-year-old has only been a manager for a year, which he managed Derby County last season.

Lampard impressed as Derby boss and was handed over the Chelsea job after Maurizio Sarri decided to call it quits with Chelsea.

A lot of pundits have expressed doubt whether Lampard will be successful, and many doubt whether Lampard can lead Chelsea into a top four finish.

However, former Chelsea midfielder and Lampard’s teammate Michael Essien has backed the club’s decision to appoint Lampard as boss, and he’s hopeful Lampard will do well in charge of the Blues.

Speaking to, the former Ghana international who is now a player-coach at Azerbaijani club Sabail, Essien said: “I think it’s a good decision to bring Lampard to the club.

“He is a Chelsea boy, Chelsea man. He’s been there for many years.

“He knows everywhere and everyone at the club. He is going to get all the help he needs. He is a type of guy who likes the young players.

“I think that Chelsea gives the young players the chance to come through. We are all keeping our fingers crossed and hopefully, everything goes well for him.

“They [fans] will always wish him well. We have to support him to ensure he succeeds.”

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