Chelsea: Should Lampard be given more time to succeed?
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard apparently dreams of managing Barcelona – but his chances of taking charge at the Nou Camp will suffer a huge blow if he is axed by Roman Abramovich from his current position.
Lampard is under huge pressure at Stamford Bridge because his side sit ninth in the Premier League table.
Over £200million was spent on new additions this summer but the Blues are struggling to fight for the Champions League places.
Chelsea owner Abramovich has a short patience with managers and is not afraid to swing the axe prematurely.
That should be a cause for concern for Lampard, who has already admitted that he is feeling the heat.
Lampard impressed during his first managerial spell with Championship side Derby County, guiding them into the play-offs.
Although he failed to earn promotion to the top-flight, it did offer him the opportunity to take charge of his former club when Maurizio Sarri was sacked.
However, reports in Spain claim Lampard would like to impress during his time in charge of Chelsea to earn himself a move to Barcelona.
Sport claim the La Liga side made several enquiries about Lampard during his playing days.
The ex-midfielder was dating Catalan model Elen Rives so a move to Spain was a distinct possibility.
Lampard ended up spending 13 years in west London before joining Manchester City and New York City, where he decided to call time on his playing career.
Sport adds that Lampard’s hopes of taking charge of Barcelona are slim because their former midfielder Xavi is strongly expected to take over once he has finished earning his stripes at Qatar outfit Al Sadd.
Ronaldo Koeman is the current Barca boss after he replaced Quique Setien last summer.
If Lampard is to one day become manager of one of Europe’s biggest clubs, he will have to prove himself with Chelsea.
“I was real after we beat Leeds (on December 5) saying that we’re not title contenders, and I’m real now saying it takes time,” said Lampard recently.
“Any build or rebuild takes pain: pain behind the scenes and pain on the pitch occasionally.
“This is a difficult period and I understand the reasons why. Today the first half showed me the reasons why and we have to keep fighting and I’m the first one who has to keep fighting.
“I’ll always feel heat. I felt heat when we were on our good run, because I know that round the corner can be a negative.
“Maybe (N’Golo) Kante you can take out, but when you look around the team, there’s a lot of youth, a lot of new players that are trying to come in and settle.”
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