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Former Chelsea star Joe Cole has claimed Frank Lampard deserves credit for Thomas Tuchel’s extraordinary success as Chelsea boss.
Tuchel replaced Lampard as Chelsea boss in January and has guided Chelsea to two major finals and also steering the Blues towards a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Cole and Lampard were Chelsea team-mates for seven seasons and also played together for West Ham and England.
“I am friends with Frank and I’ve known him since I was a kid so you don’t want to become a cheerleader,” Cole told Daily Mail.
“Tuchel has come in and done an unbelievable job but you can’t disregard what Frank did – holding the fort during a difficult time, getting the club to a cup final last year, getting Champions League when they had lost their best player (Eden Hazard to Real Madrid in 2019).
“He brought in many of these young players in and put £200million of talent on the bottom line. They were going through a bad spell earlier in the season and that’s Chelsea – you know if you go through a bad spell you could get the sack.
“Frank’s fingerprints will be on this team but you have to credit Tuchel – to come in and have the impact he’s had is extraordinary. Chelsea is in a really healthy place at the moment so I am very happy, very confident.”