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Frank Lampard took the Chelsea job in difficult circumstances but they are on course for a top-four finish ahead of their meeting with Everton, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday

Last Updated: 05/03/20 4:27pm

Frank Lampard took over from Maurizio Sarri in the summer

Frank Lampard’s reunion with Carlo Ancelotti on Super Sunday will stir memories of Chelsea’s glorious past. The pair won a Premier League and FA Cup double together at Stamford Bridge in 2010, bringing more success to a club which was becoming accustomed to it.

Ten years later, however, they meet again in very different circumstances. Ancelotti’s sights have been lowered at Everton, and, in the Chelsea hotseat once occupied by his old mentor, Lampard’s have too.

“We are not Chelsea of eras gone by, with Hazards and Costas and Terrys and Drogbas,” said Lampard after Tuesday’s FA Cup win over Liverpool. “We are in a different place. We have got young players, we have some older players, but we are trying to bridge a gap upwards.”

It is no easy feat, given the circumstances, and the scale of the task has been clear during a run of just five Premier League wins from 16 games since early November. Last week’s Champions League humbling by Bayern Munich was another painful reminder of the ground there is to make up.

But if Lampard has found himself under scrutiny in recent months, it…