Keane warns Lampard is under "huge pressure" as Man City thump Chelsea
Roy Keane has warned Frank Lampard the “word patience doesn’t exist at Chelsea ” as his role at Stamford Bridge comes under further scrutiny.
Lampard guided the Blues to fourth place in his first season as manager, helping to navigate the club through a transfer embargo.
However, despite a positive start that put Chelsea in the title race going into December, four defeats in six Premier League games has seen their season at threat of unravelling.
Their latest reversal, a 3-1 humbling by Manchester City, leaves Lampard’s side seven points behind league leaders Liverpool, having played a game more.
The defeat against City was just his 80th game in charge, but Keane has warned Lampard he is under “huge pressure” and shouldn’t expect the kind of loyalty Jurgen Klopp received at Anfield.
“Frank always comes across well. I didn’t realise the word patience existed at Chelsea, particularly for managers,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“I don’t think Frank’s going to get much time. There’s huge pressure this year, you have to give players time to settle coming from foreign countries.
“Last year he had a free pass, but they’ve spent money and it brings added pressures, no matter who the manager is.
“Every team has injury problems, he’s got to get ready. When you start questioning work rate and desire, no matter how good a team you are, you’re going to slip up.
“He’s new to it. He’s 42 years of age. Klopp came from Dortmund and won big prizes over there. He’s up against all these managers – Ancelotti, Mourinho, Guardiola. These guys have got CVs behind them. He won’t get the time Klopp got.”
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The Blues spent more than £200million in the summer, with a host of attacking talent brought into Lampard’s squad.
But ahead of the game with City, the Chelsea boss warned that simply spending money was no guarantee of consistency.
“If you think you’re going to go an be consistent this year just because you brought in new players who need to settle, and we still have the young players, playing against tough teams in the Premier League every week then you aren’t living in the real world.”
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