Frank Lampard is under increasing pressure in the Chelsea hotseat – and Carlo Ancelotti has had his say on the situation.
Lampard is among the bookies' favourites to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job, after his Chelsea side slumped to four defeats in their last six games.
The latest of those was a 3-1 reverse to Manchester City, in which the Stamford Bridge hosts were outclassed by Pep Guardiola's side.
Chelsea's recent poor run comes after a summer spending splurge of more than £200million brought players like Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell to the club.
The summer signings have had varying degrees of success, with Thiago Silva ad Edouard Mendy having been credited with solidifying Chelsea's defence during an impressive run earlier in the campaign.
But Werner's performances have tailed off after a promising start, while Havertz has struggled to adapt to playing in the Premier League.
Ancelotti knows all about the pressure Lampard is under, having been sacked as Chelsea boss after a trophyless 2010/11 season – despite his side having finished second in the top flight, a year after he led them to a league and FA Cup double.
And the Everton manager says Lampard must be given time by Chelsea's super-rich owner Roman Abramovich.
"They’ve bought a lot of players in the summer and in this case, like at Juventus, there needs to be patience, a rare commodity in football," Ancelotti told Gazzetta dello sport.
And former Chelsea midfielder Glenn Hoddle agrees with Ancelotti's assessment.
"He has to be given time," Hoddle told the Evening Standard.
"It is a work in progress at Chelsea. They are falling short against the top teams and they have to find a way mentally to overcome that.
"They look better against the lesser teams but at the moment they look as if they are not quite ready to really win the league.
"They have talent in the squad but it is going to take some time, they are going to go through these rough patches. That is the process of building a side. You just hope the owner has that vision as well and understands that."
Chelsea host Morecambe in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday before Lampard's men try to get their league campaign back on track with a visit to Fulham a week on January 15.
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