Mikel Arteta says Frank Lampard ‘needs credit’ for Chelsea job

Mikel Arteta says Frank Lampard 'needs some credit' for his time at Chelsea
Mikel Arteta says Frank Lampard ‘needs some credit’ for his time at Chelsea (Getty)

Mikel Arteta believes Frank Lampard deserves credit for his time at Chelsea and says his former rival ‘did a lot of positive things’ at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard spent 18 months in charge at Chelsea and guided the team to a top-four finish and the FA Cup final last season, although they were beaten by Arsenal at Wembley.

Chelsea made an encouraging start to the current campaign under Lampard but after the team struggled for form during the winter period, the 42-year-old was sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel at the end of January.

Chelsea have shown a significant improvement since Tuchel’s arrival and they are now on course to secure a top-four finish, while they are also in the Champions League and FA Cup finals.

But Arteta is keen for Chelsea supporters to remember Lampard’s work during his time as manager at Stamford Bridge.

‘I think he had the right platform, I think Frank did a lot of good things as well,’ Arteta told Sky Sports.

Frank Lampard was sacked by Chelsea after a poor run of form
Frank Lampard was sacked by Chelsea after a poor run of form (AFP via Getty)

‘I think he needs some credit. He put the team in the Champions League last year, he reached the FA Cup final.

‘He did a lot of positive things.

‘Thomas is a coach that I always admire. He’s got his own ways of doing things. They’ve got a really strong squad and he’s getting the maximum out of them at the moment.’

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Ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea on Wednesday evening, Arteta believes his side have shown improvement since last season.

‘We haven’t done what we want in the Premier League in terms of results,’ said the Arsenal manager.

‘What we have done in terms of performances compared to last year, the way the team is, the identity of the team, [the difference] is night and day. But results wise it has not been [what we want] over 38 games.

‘We have managed to things we haven’t for five years, winning against the top teams. But we are not where we want to be.

‘In Europe we were very close, an inch, a post, dictates failure or success. That’s what we have done.’

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