Roman Abramovich’s big Chelsea transfer decision that Frank Lampard is ready to vindicate

This evening marks another big milestone for Frank Lampard in his young managerial career.

In just two seasons as a manager, it will be the third time that the former England international will lead a team out at Wembley looking for success as a coach.

His first was an unsuccessful trip with Derby County in the Championship play-off final.

His second was earlier this season in the FA Cup semi-final, with Chelsea running out comfortable 3-1 winners over Manchester United.

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But the third is now upon him, and for his long-term future as a Blues coach it could be the most important.

Going into the 2019/20 campaign, there is no doubt that securing a top four spot was the number one priority for the Blues.

Playing in the Champions League is where Chelsea must be going forward, both on a financial level and from an ambition perspective.

It is the pinnacle of the domestic game in Europe, and it has been eight years since the Blues lifted that trophy in Munich.

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The long-term aim will be, of course, to be crowned European champions again, but right now they are some way off that particular silverware.

Since the Roman Abramovich era started in 2003, winning trophies has become the norm and an expectation for those in charge.

Despite Lampard’s credentials as a player, winning as a head coach comes with a completely different type of pressure.

That’s something Lampard does not mind, however, saying: “Do we want to win titles here every year? Yes, of course we do. The fact that we’re in a cup final means we’re close to maybe doing that doing that this year.

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