Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has backed Frank Lampard to be a success at Chelsea.
The 41-year-old left his position as manager of Derby County to take up the reigns at Stamford Bridge last week when he signed a three-year deal (BBC).
Lampard faces somewhat of a transitional season after losing star player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and is unable to recruit during the current transfer window due to the ban imposed upon Chelsea by FIFA for breaking rules in relation to signing foreign Under-18 players (Sky Sports).
While Chelsea are now entering an uncertain time, Spurs are certainly on the cusp of something exciting under Mauricio Pochettino, who has been pivotal in the club’s transformation over the past five years.
Redknapp was always going to say positive things about Lampard considering the fact he is his uncle and compared Lampard to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
“These opportunities don’t come along every day, so when an opportunity like this comes up to manage a club like Chelsea, you have to grab it with both hands,” he told Sky News.
“He is ready, I have got no doubts about that. Look at Pep Guardiola, he was a great player at Barcelona and then came back and managed them, and he had a great time there.
“He [Lampard] understands the game and he has a real touch of class about him. Everyone says he has been the best trainer, he knows what it takes.
“It will be great for the young players to have that opportunity to play in the first team, but with the embargo Frank will give those kids a chance.
“Pep went almost straight in at Barcelona, so it is not a problem. We all get carried away about geniuses and tacticians, he understands the game and he was a great player. Football is his life and he understands all that there is to know about the game, I don’t see it being a problem.
He also insisted that Lampard does not need any managerial advice from him.
He added: “Frank doesn’t need my help. He’s a very smart lad,”
“He knows the game in and out, his father played football for 20 years.
Given the stability in North London under Pochettino, Spurs will finish above Chelsea in the table this season. Anything less would be considered a disappointment with the aim having to be to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool.
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