New Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, will begin his assignment in charge of the Blues with a friendly match against Barcelona. His return was announced on Thursday, July 2, with the Englishman joining them from Derby County. Lampard had a successful debut into football management with the Championship side, after managing to lead them to the play-off finals where they eventually lost to Aston Villa. He is now set with a new task to take charge at his former club in a three-year deal, succeeding Maurizio Sarri who departed to Juventus this summer. The 41-year-old will however have to contend with a number of things at the bridge, one of which is Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban slapped by FIFA.
But despite the challenges the Blues are contending with, the Club has already confirmed their preseason fixtures for the off-season, including a trip to Japan. In the rundown of fixtures, Chelsea will take on spanish champion Barcelona in Asia on Tuesday, July 23, before capping the preseason with a tie against Borussia Monchengladbach. The Stamford Bridge outfit’s new season curtain-raiser will be an encounter against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup slated for Sunday, August 14, in Istanbul, Turkey.
It was earlier reported that Chelsea’s new boss Frank Lampard is expected to face a difficult spell at Stamford Bridge. According to UK Sun report, the 41-year-old club legend, who agreed to a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge, has emerged joint favourite to be fired, when hostilities commence in the Premier League next season. At the moment, Chelsea are facing a two-window transfer ban, suggesting Lampard should turn his focus on youngsters to achieve any meaningful success during the 2019-20 campaign. Meanwhile the club still has a number of players on loan who might be useful to him.