‘Normally you should not come back’: Ex-Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly’s advice to Frank Lampard
Marcel Desailly said “the spirit, the magic that you’re normally supposed to bring doesn’t work anymore” on Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea.
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Lampard has endured a difficult time since he took over from Graham Potter with just one win in the seven games he’s been in charge of.
In those seven games, they have lost back-to-back to Madrid and crashed out of the Champions League. Premier League results haven't improved either, with the Blues stuck in 11th with 42 points - six behind Fulham in 10th and with little or no chance of making it into Europe.
There is also a chance that Lampard might struggle to find a job in the Premier League given how he’s performed in his last two roles.
But Desailly who played with the young Lampard says it was a great opportunity to get back on track even though he personally would have turned it down.
The 1998 World Cup winner told LondonWorld: “It was an opportunity for him to try and bring back the lost image he had when he got sacked. Chelsea is probably the only club that could have made him come back in this condition to help.
“But he said from the beginning that Chelsea is my club and my everything and I’m coming back to help.
“He never expected to be in the situation where he had not won for many matches and the start was completely awful before finally getting his win.
“He then got the belief and trust of the players knowing he’s not going to be there next season. We just have to thank him because he brought all his image and knowledge into the system back again after a bad experience at Everton.
“It was his choice. If it was my choice I would say never come back to a place you belong to and think that is this way but at the end of the day you’ll realise that it is not. It’s gone, the spirit, the magic that you’re normally supposed to bring doesn’t work anymore so normally you should not come back but he did.”
Having bagged his first win last weekend, Lampard will now look to put together a hot winning streak when relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest visits Stamford Bridge on Saturday.