Not so Frank! How the British media are responding to the quick success of Lampard’s successor

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All hell broke loose in the UK, when Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich decided to call it quits with Frank Lampard.

Lampard was a Chelsea man, a Chelsea legend and had super love for the club, as well as the backing of the fans. However, it wasn’t enough for him to stay beyond 18 months at the club. Top pundits and media outlet in the country were in outrage over Lampard’s sacking, but the talks have since died down and everyone now seems to be moving on.

The appointment of new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wasn’t met with much fanfare –after all, it’s never easy to replace a legend. But the German gaffer has tried not to step on any toes and is keen to see results improve at Chelsea.

After four games in charge, Chelsea are now 5th in the league and just a point off Liverpool. The Blues are yet to lose a game, and have kept a clean sheet in three out of four games under Tuchel.

Following the victory over Sheffield United on Sunday, the big tabloids in the UK now seem to be more responsive to the new Chelsea boss.

David Anderson wrote for the Mirror: “Frank who?

“Frank Lampard’s achievements as a Chelsea player will never be forgotten, but the furore over his sacking as manager will fade the longer Thomas Tuchel keeps winning.

“This victory made it three straight wins since that draw in Tuchel’s first match in charge.

“In two short weeks in charge, the German has revived Chelsea’s Champions League hopes, which had nosedived in Lampard’s final few weeks in the job.

“The Blues have climbed to fifth and are just a point outside the top four in this wide-open race for the Champions League places.”

Ian Herbert wrote for the Daily Mail: “The destiny of the title might seem increasingly certain but when a side as inconsistent and frequently flawed as Manchester United sit second, everything else is up for grabs. Chelsea could be the beneficiaries.

“The manner of their third successive win in four undefeated games under Thomas Tuchel will not send waves of fear through the nation but the side look less baffled under new management and imbued with some kind of purpose.”

Richard Jolly wrote for the Guardian: “Thomas Tuchel continues to benefit from his predecessors’ proteges. Chelsea moved into the top five with a third successive win under their new manager.

“For the second successive game, Maurizio Sarri’s old ally Jorginho converted a penalty.

“Once again, part of Frank Lampard’s legacy showed he is becoming integral in the new regime. Mason Mount scored Chelsea’s first and last league goals under his mentor.

“He opened his account for his successor with a Lampard-esque strike to set up a hard-fought win and lay down a marker.

“There was also a different sort of first. When Chelsea appointed Tuchel, it seemed a ploy to get a fellow German scoring.

“Kai Havertz was absent through injury and Timo Werner’s drought extended to 14 league games but their less costly compatriot Antonio Rüdiger became the first player to score against Tuchel’s Chelsea with a comical own goal.

“Meanwhile, Mount overshadowed big buys to become the first player operating in the new manager’s front three to find the net for him and the youngest man to register 10 Premier League goals for Chelsea since Arjen Robben.

“The willing Werner’s only goal in three months came against Morecambe but he contributed to both strikes against Chris Wilder’s team and almost scored himself. He ended the evening in credit.”

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