Frank Lampard’s return as Chelsea’s manager began on a sour note as his team suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of relegation-threatened Wolverhampton in the English Premier League on Saturday. The defeat leaves Chelsea 11th in the league, 17 points adrift of the top four.
Wolves’ victory was sealed by Matheus Nunes’ stunning angled strike in the 31st minute at Molineux. This was a crucial win for the hosts as it pushed them four points clear of the relegation zone.
Lampard, who played for Chelsea for 13 years and managed the club from 2019 to 2021, was appointed interim manager this week after Graham Potter was sacked. The Chelsea board is seeking a full-time replacement, but Lampard’s familiarity with the club could help the team secure a successful end to the season.
Lampard’s main priority, however, is the Champions League, where Chelsea faces Real Madrid in the quarterfinals’ first leg on Wednesday. Although Chelsea looks unlikely to qualify for the Champions League through their Premier League position, Lampard will hope to make a positive impact in the knockout stages.
Chelsea’s lack of attacking threat continued to be a problem under Lampard, with the team failing to score for the third consecutive league game. The team’s struggles in front of the goal were evident during the final days of Graham Potter’s tenure.
Nunes’ goal was a result of the ball bouncing out to him on the right wing after a Chelsea defender’s head. The Portugal midfielder hit it first time into the far corner, leaving the Chelsea goalkeeper with no chance.
In conclusion, Lampard’s return to Chelsea got off to a rocky start as his team lost to Wolves in a crucial Premier League game. However, with the Champions League quarterfinals looming, Lampard will hope to turn things around and lead Chelsea to a successful end to the season.