Chelsea’s world of football was put on pause for about four-five hours yesterday as the club confirmed the sacking of Frank Lampard, but the players were back in training by the afternoon, with coaches Anthony Barry and Joe Edwards taking charge, for now. Presumably, they will also be in charge on Wednesday — unless Thomas Tuchel’s quick-tracked somehow in the age of COVID-19.
(UPDATE: Tuchel will be in the dugout, as confirmed by the club.)
The reality of the situation remains that Chelsea are in desperate need of a win or two or many, and these next two home games, Wolves tomorrow and Burnley on Sunday, were supposed to help springboard Lampard’s recovery plan. Instead, they will now hope to springboard the start of the new man’s tenure.
But either way, wins are needed. And that won’t be an easy task. The manager may be different, but the players are still the same — all of whom bar the hamstrung Kanté should be available.