It’s a time of platonic rebuilding at Stamford Bridge. The club are now gearing up to be battle-ready to combat our foes, both European and domestic in the Champions League and Premier League. Frank Lampard has made it his prerogative to put his stamp on the new-look Blues while reconstructing the side by piecing together a team that could become a formidable outfit in the coming seasons to reach the upper echelons of all competitions in Europe and in England.
Back in 2003 and 2004 Claudio Ranieri and Jose Mourinho were also in the middle of a rebuilding phase at the helm of Stamford Bridge with both managers contriving to construct a side that could challenge for silverware both in Europe and in England and went about their business building a rock-solid spine to their teams. The influx of Carvalho, Makelele, Cech, Robben and Drogba to complement the likes of Lampard, Terry and Gudjohnsen elucidated and formed the ground-up basis of the ideas both the manager’s had in their heads, of what the backbone of the team would look like in the years to come.
Those teams went on to conquer all before them while setting records in doing so and the players that were signed during that phase of time stayed on a Stamford Bridge forming the base of the mighty Chelsea sides of the next decade.
When Carlo Ancelotti took over at Chelsea in 2009, he didn’t need to sign any fresh blood or need to bring fresh impetus through signings because, by and large, the base of the Chelsea spine was set.
Fast forward to 2019 and Frank Lampard was also posed with the same dilemma with the Blues in a thorough transition from their teams of yesteryear with the players who played under Jose Mourinho in 2014’s title-winning season and 2016’s title haul under Antonio Conte all having moved on. The likes of Terry, Cahill, Matic, Hazard and Diego Costa all having departed from the club. The transfer ban didn’t help Lampard’s second coming at Chelsea as Blues boss but gave him the chance to show faith on our heralded youth academy who won several titles in the youth set up in the years running up to 2019.
Lampard is now poised to take Chelsea into the next decade with his young Blues who are slowly forming the new spine of what Chelsea will now look like for the coming years ushering the next era at Stamford Bridge with his talented group of young guns.
In the ilk of future world-class players and future title winners are the up and coming young talents Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour, Ethan Ampadu and Tammy Abraham all of whom, having successfully made the transition from academy to first-team.
In meticulously recruiting Hakim Ziyech from Ajax early on this year and the most probably incoming Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, Lampard has now added to the Blues spine by signing two top-class wide-players to replace the departing Willian and Pedro, who bring in sheer quality and assists and goals.
Werner is a natural goalscorer with that inherent ability to take up goalscoring positions and an inside-forward who cuts in and wreaks havoc from the left while offering a serious goal threat, while the cultured schemer Hakim Ziyech on the opposite flank has a glorious left foot that can pick out a pass, deliver set-pieces and create a wide range of assists and score goals.
This revamped Chelsea team under Frank Lampard with the likes of Werner and Ziyech complementing the academy first-team starters Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James, Billy Gilmour and Fikayo Tomori with the already present N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, are now the new backbone of a formidable Chelsea side that Lampard is rebuilding to push on and challenge for titles.
The quick and decisive recruitment by Lampard, Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia has signalled Chelsea’s intent to the rest of the Premier League that they want this Blues team to win titles as opposed to just hanging around the thereabouts of the top four.
Armed with the fresh impetus that the likes of Ziyech and Werner bring, Lampard has now signalled his coming as manager at the helm of Chelsea with his signings in this summer’s transfer window and just like Ranieri and Mourinho did nearly two decades ago, the process of rebuilding the Blues from a rock-solid base will be complete.
Now, should a left-back and centre-back also be added to the ranks at the Bridge, it would make the team look more like a polished diamond as opposed to just a rough cut and this Chelsea team under Lampard will becoming increasingly formidable and geared for title glory.
All that’s left now for Lampard is go on and guide this Blues team to silverware and the rebuilding and reconstructing process will be complete.