Glen Johnson reveals Thomas Tuchel’s ‘biggest challenge’ at Chelsea and sends message to Frank Lampard

Thomas Tuchel took charge of his first game as Chelsea manager on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)

Glen Johnson has revealed Thomas Tuchel’s ‘biggest challenge’ at Chelsea and says his predecessor Frank Lampard will have no problem finding a new job.

Chelsea pulled the plug on club legend Lampard at the start of the week and replaced him with the former PSG and Borussia Dortmund manager Tuchel.

In Tuchel’s first game in charge of the Premier League club, Chelsea drew 0-0 with Wolves at Stamford Bridge to leave the team eighth in the table.

Former Chelsea and England defender Johnson told Cheltenham Guides: ‘His biggest challenge will be finding his best team. There’s a lot of new faces that have come in recently and it’s going to take time for him to get to know the players.

‘He’ll have an idea of the players he likes. This was Lampard’s issue, there were so many good players that came through the door at once but only 11 can play and there are quite a few players that are similar too.

‘When a new manager comes in, everyone reacts differently by whether they are playing, their age and what stage they’re at in their career.

‘Some players that are not playing are rubbing their hands together when a new manager comes in thinking they’ve got a chance to show what they can do and they might be back in the team, whereas other players that are playing every single week might be thinking “oh god” and they’ve got to prove themselves to the new manager again.

Chelsea sacked club legend Frank Lampard at the start of the week (Picture: Getty)

‘That Chelsea seat is the hottest seat in world football so the manager isn’t going to risk it because he could be out of a job in six months.

‘He is going to pick the players that he can rely on, he won’t be put off if this is one of the young guys, but at the same time, I’d be surprised if he goes to one of the young guys as someone he can trust early on. I hope this doesn’t hinder their development.

‘I don’t think people can blame Lampard for holding players back or not giving them the chance to go and express themselves – the players should be doing that themselves. I don’t think the players were misfiring because of Lampard.’

Lampard only spent a year at Derby County before returning to Chelsea to succeed Maurizio Sarri in 2019.

Despite his high-profile sacking at Stamford Bridge, Lampard will not be short of job offers following his departure, according to Johnson.

‘I think he will have a lot of interest,’ Johnson added.

‘He’s a likeable guy and he’s one of the biggest names in our game and he’s still, like Stevie, very young in his managerial career so he’s learning and he will take all the good and bad out of this Chelsea experience and he will improve as a manager.

‘There will be people that would love to take his services.’

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