Frank Lampard is under more intense pressure than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is at Manchester United because Chelsea simply cannot afford to miss out of Champions League qualification, claims Paul Parker.
Lampard’s side are are currently sitting in fourth place, six points clear of the Red Devils, ahead of tonight’s crunch clash in west London.
The Blues have won exactly half of their games since Lampard took charge at Stamford Bridge last summer – 18 of 36 with eight draws and 10 defeats.
But should Chelsea lose to United for the third time this season, Parker is adamant that Lampard will really be feeling the heat.
“Although a lot of people are saying United are the club in trouble, I would rather be in Ole’s shoes,” the former England international told the Racing Post.
“I think Ole is in the better position because he’s managing a massive club and Chelsea are still trying to get to that level.
“So I think if he can qualify for the Champions League, or win a trophy, he’s in a much better position going forward with more potential to achieve.
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“Lampard is silently under pressure because Chelsea HAVE to qualify for the Champions league, that’s what their whole model is built around.
“Both sides can’t afford to drop and points here and I think the pressure is on both managers. People say Chelsea are a young side but they have a lot of experience.”
Manchester City’s two-season European ban will mean fifth spot will also qualify for the Champions League, unless they succeed with a quick-fire appeal.
And his own admission, Lampard is now obsessed with studying the league table with the race for European qualification hotting up.
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