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Chelsea have won the last two meetings against Manchester City, scoring three times and conceding just once.
However, when Chelsea played Manchester City in the league under Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge on January 3rd, the Blues were outplayed and outclassed.
Three first-half goals in the space of 16 minutes helped City win 3-1 with Chelsea’s consolation only coming in stoppage time.
Despite spend more than £200million last summer, Lampard insisted Chelsea weren’t ready to compete with the likes of Manchester City and believed it would take us years.
Lampard continued to insist Chelsea weren’t ready to compete and the Blues needed years to challenge.
In the wake of a 2-0 loss to Leicester, which left Chelsea in eighth and five points adrift of the top four, Lampard said: “I took this job knowing there would be difficult times as it’s not a club ready to compete.
“We had a transfer ban, we had young players, we had new players. I understand the expectations of this club, whether I think it’s right or wrong.
“We are not in the same position Chelsea were when we were winning titles. The consistency, the robustness, the level of experience of winning Premier Leagues is not the same.”
Chelsea’s rapid progress under Thomas Tuchel has proven Lampard’s comments about Chelsea were wrong.
The Blues are in the final of the Champions League and FA Cup and have now climbed to 3rd in the league after being 10th when Tuchel was appointed.
Under Tuchel, Chelsea have proved we aren’t too far off from Manchester City as Lampard claimed. Our performances in big games under Tuchel has shown Chelsea can challenge for titles next season.
Remember, all this progress under Tuchel has been made without signing any new players. Tuchel has used the same squad that Lampard claimed wasn’t good enough.
Lampard once claimed former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas was inexperienced to manage Chelsea, the bitter truth is that the same also applied to Lampard.
Under Lampard, Chelsea looked like a team that needed major work but the top-class coaching of Tuchel has made the Blues a team to be feared.
Even if Chelsea fail to win the Champions League and FA Cup later this month, Chelsea’s progress under Tuchel has shown Roman Abramovich was right to make the tough decision to sack Lampard in January.