Benching this world-class player was Frank Lampard’s biggest mistake as Chelsea manager – pundit says

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard lasted as Chelsea manager for 18 months as the club legend was axed midway through his second season as the Blues manager.

Lampard’s tenure was fairly successful, and one of the strong points of his tenure was his ability to introduce the club’s youngsters to the first team.

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has now said that the biggest mistake Lampard made as Chelsea manager was to bench Antonio Rudiger.

Rudiger is in the last six months of his contract with Chelsea, and talks of a renewal hasn’t been successful so far.

The German centre-back has been a top player under Thomas Tuchel, and is wanted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, and Crooks believe Lampard made a big mistake with the 28-year-old who could now leave the club for free.

He told BBC Sport: “The biggest mistake of Frank Lampard’s short managerial career at Chelsea was refusing to play Antonio Rudiger.

“The German international’s presence in a Chelsea shirt has proved to be invaluable since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.

“Rudiger was surplus to requirements under Lampard, but since the arrival of Tuchel the defender has gone on to win the Champions League and become one of the most sought-after defenders in the world.

“Well it sort of qualifies you when Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid want to sign you.”

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