Here is your Chelsea morning digest for Tuesday, January 26.
Lampard speaks out following sacking
Frank Lampard released a statement via the League Manager’s Association last night following his sacking by Chelsea.
After less than two years in charge, Lampard was dismissed after a run of five defeats in their last eight Premier League outings, forcing Roman Abramovich – the Blues owner – into a tough decision.
On leaving Stamford Bridge, Lampard said: “It has been a huge privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long.
“Firstly, I would like to thank the fans for the incredible support that I have received over the last 18 months, I hope they know what that means to me.
“When I took on this role, I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club.
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“I am proud of the achievements that we made and I am proud of the academy players that have made their step into the first team and performed so well. They are the future of the club. I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring it to the next level.
“I want to thank Mr. Abramovich, the board, players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and challenge times. I wish the team and the club every success for the future.”
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Klopp issues Tuchel verdict
Thomas Tuchel’s impending arrival at Stamford Bridge to take over as Chelsea’s new head coach is highly likely to be applauded by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Tuchel succeeded Klopp at Borussia Dortmund back in 2015 and enjoyed two successful years with the German heavyweights before being sacked.
However, Klopp is a big admirer of Tuchel’s,…