Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel praises Frank Lampard for laying the foundation in the Champions League and FA Cup

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Thomas Tuchel praises ‘great’ Frank Lampard for ‘laying the groundwork’ for a Champions League and FA Cup double at Chelsea … but he hasn’t spoken to his predecessor since their first contact after his dismissal

  • Chelsea will go against Arsenal in imperious form in the London derby on Wednesday
  • Chelsea, which beat Man City 2-1 last time, is in shape for a top-four finish
  • The Blues are gearing up for their FA Cup final against Leicester this Saturday
  • Two weeks later, they take on City in the Champions League final

Thomas Tuchel has praised former manager Frank Lampard for ‘laying the groundwork’ to get Chelsea into both the Champions League and the FA Cup final.

The Blues are gearing up for a massive three weeks before the season draws to a close, taking on Leicester in the FA Cup final this weekend, before taking on Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29.

Chelsea are in imperious form under Tuchel and are also well positioned for a top four finish, having been ninth in the Premier League after 19 games, 11 points behind leader Manchester United and five points behind Liverpool on the fourth place when Lampard was fired. .

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea go into the London derby against Arsenal in imperious form

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea go into the London derby against Arsenal in imperious form

Chelsea boss Tuchel has praised predecessor Frank Lampard's work at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea boss Tuchel has praised predecessor Frank Lampard's work at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea boss Tuchel has praised predecessor Frank Lampard’s work at Stamford Bridge

But Tuchel has credited his predecessor for helping Chelsea – who paid out £ 230m to Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Co in the summer – to get into such a promising position.

When asked if Lampard deserves credit ahead of Wednesday night’s London derby against Arsenal in the Premier League, Tuchel replied: ‘Frank had a great record in the Champions League group stage. Won all FA Cup games.

‘He laid the groundwork to get us to the final and we are not ashamed or afraid to speak it out loud. That’s how it felt on the first day.

‘I am aware that Frank has created his own legacy as a player and has expanded it as a coach.

“We got in mid-season and tried to fill the job he had started.”

Chelsea last time won 2-1 in the Premier League against elected champions Manchester City

Chelsea last time won 2-1 in the Premier League against elected champions Manchester City

Chelsea last time won 2-1 in the Premier League against elected champions Manchester City

Despite his glowing tribute on Tuesday, Tuchel has revealed that he hasn’t spoken to Lampard since their first contact after his resignation in late January.

The German added: ‘Frank is like anything you think of Chelsea. You think of Frank Lampard, the way he is, how he played football.

This shows his character and the message he sent was a pleasure to receive. We had a message a few days after we arrived, but that’s all. ‘

At Tuchel’s first press conference, when he was revealed as Chelsea’s new manager, he revealed that the club legend messaged him a few days after his own firing to say good luck.

The Blues have Champions League and FA Cup finals to look forward to

The Blues have Champions League and FA Cup finals to look forward to

The Blues have Champions League and FA Cup finals to look forward to

At the time, Tuchel said in January: ‘I was a big fan of Frank as a player. I had a message to wish me all the best. ‘

The Blues are heading into the game against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in a dominant mood, after beating Man City 2-1 in the Premier League last time.

Chelsea are now in a very strong position to take a top four finish, six points ahead of West Ham in fifth place with only three games to go.

And Tuchel’s men will be secretly sure to secure three more points against Arsenal, which has had a disastrous season.

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