Chelsea fans clash over Jorginho’s Lampard comments



    The Chelsea faithful have clashed on social media on Friday, on the back of comments made by midfielder Jorginho regarding former boss Frank Lampard.

    Pensioners spell

    Lampard’s hit-and-miss stint in charge at Stamford Bridge was of course brought to an end this past January.

    The Englishman was handed the reins at his one-time club despite a serious lack of experience, having previously seen out just a solitary campaign in management, in the Championship with Derby County.

    In turn, a bumpy road was widely predicted, and indeed went on to follow.

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    Lampard’s debut season on the bench in west London proved relatively successful, culminating in a top-4 Premier League finish and a trip to the FA Cup final.

    Chelsea fans clash after Jorginho claims Frank Lampard ‘wasn’t ready’ to be Blues boss

    LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 03: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on January 03, 2021 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

    However, on the back of a major summer spending spree, which saw the likes of Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz arrive in the capital, Lampard subsequently struggled to get the best out of an evidently talented Chelsea outfit this time around.

    In turn, as a top-4 berth began to slip further and further from the grasp of the Blues under their long-time midfielder, the decision was eventually made late in January for Lampard to be moved on.

    Jorgi splits fans

    The call to part ways with the Englishman unsurprisingly sparked swift debate, with Lampard of course representing a beloved figure at Stamford Bridge.

    Large sections of the club’s fanbase felt as though the 42-year-old should have been given more time to prove himself, with the move to bring in Thomas Tuchel having been a hasty one.

    Evidently not of such an opinion, however, is one of the Pensioners’ current stars.

    The player in question? Jorginho.

    Speaking in an interview with ESPN Brasil on Friday, midfielder Jorginho was drawn on his time under Lampard in the English capital.

    And the former Napoli man, as is generally the case, opted for complete honesty, in revealing his belief that ‘Lamps’ was simply handed the reins too soon, and therefore ‘wasn’t ready’ for the job:

    In turn, it has since come as little surprise to see those to have backed Lampard lash out at their midfield conductor, with Jorginho’s comments having been construed by many as something of a dig:

    Others of a Chelsea persuasion, though, have hit back at such insinuations, insisting that Jorginho was perfectly entitled to speak his truth:



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