Can Frank Lampard cross the Full Bridge?

Following the 4-0 humbling at Old Trafford, it’s understandable that there is a lot of chatter around Chelsea and their new manager. This season was really going to be a free hit season for Lampard or any other manager that had been brought in due to the transfer ban. The loss of Hazard seemed to have been replaced ahead of time with the signing of Christian Pulisic. The young American who I rate has always been a good source of goals and assists for club and country. He, however, will need time to acclimate to the new league.

The loss of David Luiz and Gary Cahill has also left a gap in experience at centre-back. Only Cesar Azpilicueta is now the most senior player on defence. I will not sit behind my laptop and lie that the missing men, especially in defence, led to the demolition of the Blues because that would be a lie. However, those men would have provided much-needed experience to help the side navigate the upcoming fixtures. The Blues face Liverpool in Istanbul tomorrow night, then entertain Leicester at home on Sunday and are away to date Norwich six days later.

Yes, anything can happen in football, I should know this. I, who thought my Arsenal would beat Chelsea to win the Europa title…(shakes bad memories out of my head). As I was saying I don’t see any way Chelsea will avoid a beating in Istanbul at the hands of Klopp’s charges. Then at the weekend is when it gets interesting when Jamie Vardy, Ayoze Perez, and James Maddison come to town.

Having failed to get a goal in the opening match of the season, I’m sure they are salivating at the prospect of mimicking Ole Gunnar’s charges on Sunday. Then what happens if they do get a result? As they look forward to a trip to Carrow Road to face a spirited Norwich side that can play good football. Can the players rally against the media’s criticism? Or perhaps against the manager’s expectations and most importantly the fan’s expectations?

Oh, and before I go you might be wondering why that headline, right? Well, a good friend of mine Stan uses a line similar to that one. ”You can never cross a full-bridge”, he says. Especially after Chelsea would have hammered any team at home. The bridge has never been filled with such expectation. Filled with such support for the manager. And filled with hope for how good the future can be with one of their own at the helm. A tough test lies ahead for good Ol’ Frank Lampard, Godspeed to him.

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Philani Mukwakwami

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