Chelsea won’t hire Massimiliano Allegri because he’s just as pragmatic as Jose Mourinho was during his two stints in west London, according to former midfielder Craig Burley. Frank Lampard is fighting to keep his job at Stamford Bridge in the wake of their 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday. And Burley thinks the former Juventus boss isn’t in the frame to take over.
Chelsea went into the season with massive expectations of challenging for the Premier League title.
But the Blues are well off the pace and their 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday night was their sixth of the campaign.
Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison struck for the Foxes, meaning Chelsea now sit 11 points behind league leaders Manchester United at the top of the table.
They’re now in a dogfight to finish in the top four and Allegri has been linked as a result, especially with the Italian still free following his departure from Juventus in 2019.
But Burley, speaking to ESPN, believes he won’t get the job because of his negative tactics.
Yet he thinks Brendan Rodgers could make a stunning return to Stamford Bridge, having previously worked at Chelsea as a coach.
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“He’s [also] worked at Chelsea before with the younger kids,” he added.
“Would Rodgers have more understanding of what he wants [with the Chelsea squad] because of his experience [compared to Lampard]? Yes, he would.”
Chelsea have several managers in contention to replace Lampard.
They’re big admirers of RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann, but know snapping him up in the middle of the campaign would be tricky.
Chelsea could go for Thomas Tuchel, who was recently replaced by former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain.
And Avram Grant has been tipped to return on an interim basis, even if the west London side don’t want to go down that route.
Meanwhile, Blues star Mason Mount has backed Lampard despite the 2-0 defeat to Leicester being a chastening night for all involved.
“We know we are better than that,” he said.
“We have to have a look at ourselves, look at how we played, see where we can improve and come back stronger next game.
“We were beaten by the better side.
“We know they are a very good team and coming into the game we knew how tough it would be.
“They set up very well and sometimes you have to put your hands up and say they were better on the night.
“They took their chances. Two goals before half-time affected us and makes it difficult when you’re coming out in the second half.
“When you’re clinical in front of goal you are going to win games. We had a couple but we didn’t score.
“We are disappointed we didn’t win the game. We know we are better than that. We have to have a look at ourselves, look at how we played, see where we can improve and come back stronger next game.”