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Lampard is “perfect” for Chelsea job during transfer ban, insists Rodgers

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 14:21, 18 August 2019

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has described Frank Lampard as the “perfect fit” for the Chelsea job.

Chelsea are currently in the midst of a transfer ban and Rodgers, whose Foxes side take on the Blues on Sunday, believes Lampard is the ideal coach to take the west London club forward due to his eagerness to promote young players.

Rodgers will face Lampard for the first time in his managerial career when he takes his team to Stamford Bridge and has hailed the Chelsea legend for his immediate impact.

Speaking ahead of the Foxes’ first away game of the season, he said: “Frank‘s done very well since he has gone in.

“Frank will be looking to bring in some of the young players, which he’s done. He has given them an opportunity. You have to admire that… I think he is perfect for it.

People have always looked at Chelsea and wondered if [young players] are going to get a chance. For whatever reason, they haven’t got the opportunity. Frank is now there and will give them that chance to flourish,

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Rodgers “impressed” by Chelsea

The Blues may have lost their first two competitive games under Lampard but can take plenty of positives from both defeats.

Despite losing 4-0 at Old Trafford, they were unlucky to go in behind and Lampard was quick to point out after the game that the score flattered United. Chelsea then had two goals disallowed in Istanbul as they lost the Super Cup to Liverpool on penalties.

Rodgers added: “I‘ve been really impressed watching the team. Okay, they’ve lost their first couple of games, but the tempo of their game is good. They’re obviously going to play at a higher intensity and tempo in their game.

Rodgers’ Chelsea history: Five things to know…

    • Rodgers was invited by Jose Mourinho to join Chelsea in 2004.
    • He became head youth coach in 2004.
    • He was then promoted to reserve team manager.
    • Luiz Felipe Scolari and Avram Grant kept him in the role.
    • Watford appointed Rodgers as their manager in 2008.