Rio Ferdinand finally admits there’s a big difference between Tuchel and Lampard

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Frank Lampard was sacked from his job as Chelsea manager in January, after 18 months in charge of the club he played for and reached legend status.

His dismissal at the time, drew all manner of reactions from fans, pundits and football lovers. Many at the time thought that the Chelsea legend needed more time to improve the squad, and some were quick to question the appointment of Thomas Tuchel.

However, the German boss has silenced every form of criticism, as he remains unbeaten in his 14 games in charge of the club.

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, was part of the pro-Lampard, but he has now moved to hail the impact of Thomas Tuchel, and he believes that two things separate Tuchel’s success from Frank Lampard.

According to Rio Ferdinand, Tuchel has been able to pass his ideas down to the players and his decision to bring back the older players have also paid off.

“It’s down to coaching on the training pitch, 100%,” Ferdinand told Vibe with FIVE.

“Being able to translate your ideas and what you need from individuals and as a collective and doing that on the TV screen in the classroom and getting it out on the pitch in training sessions

“One of the key things is having Kante central in midfield. The amount of balls he’s won back for that team to maintain possession and to maintain position on the pitch has been phenomenal.

“I think bringing experience back into the team and giving them more responsibility has been a big difference to Frank’s.

“Frank definitely went with the younger players and I think that knocked a few of the older players’ noses out of joint and they may have reacted negatively towards that.

“That created a problem. But these players have come back in – Tuchel has rounded up the experienced player and told them, you’re here, you’re my mainstay and the younger players you’re going to be a part of that as well.

“But the older players, don’t worry, you’re with me and they’ve all bought back in after not feeling a part of it before.

“I think it’s disappointing a little bit from a professional point of view, you’re thinking how would I react? I wouldn’t be happy but I wouldn’t try and destabilise stuff.

“The murmurings coming out of things were trying to be destabilised by certain players, whether that’s true or not remains to be seen – it’ll come out in the wash.

“You’d hope that wasn’t the case. But tactically he’s got them, he wants his team to be hard to beat, hard to play against. Hard agressive team

“They lose the ball, everyone gets back behind the ball, there’s an intensity, an understanding that’s the way we want to play, that’s the way we are.

“Frank the team was a bit more fluid going forward and they scored more goals but they conceded more goals.

“He thought I’ve got players that can nick me a result a 1-0 or a 2-0 on the counterattack or at a moment comes in the game, they’ll score us a goal, but I’m not conceding goals. That’s how it’s played out for him, it’s been amazing really.”

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