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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reached an all time low after the 3-1 home defeat against Manchester City on Sunday.
The pressure is now mounting on the Blues boss, and his legendary status has definitely bought him some time, but it might not be enough if things don’t change quickly.
Lampard did well to lead Chelsea to a top four finish last term, but the expectation this season is different following a transfer splurge of £220m.
Lampard has the worst managerial win per game ratio in the Roman Abramovich era, and sack threats have since infiltrated the media.
Some have called for time to be given the 42-year-old, but Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has said that time isn’t Frank Lampard’s friend at the moment.
“The pressure comes on you as a manager when you start to spend money, especially big money,” Souness told Sky Sports.
“They finished fourth last year, the bare minimum is to get in the Champions League again. If you don’t finish in the top four having spent that sort of money, and finishing fourth last year, you are bound to be under pressure.
“As much as Frank is a legend at the club, l don’t think there will be a lot of patience shown to him. But he will know the price on the ticket. If you are a manager today, time is not your friend.”
Speaking about the new signings after the defeat to City, Souness said: “That was a test for the new guys and none of them passed the test.
“This is why you pay big money – to make a difference in the big games, to do damage to your direct rivals. Chelsea didn’t come close to that.”