Cascarino blasts Lampard, not convinced by his management

Tony Cascarino has criticized Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, adding that he is not convinced by his management after the Blues were put to the sword at Stamford Bridge by Bayern Munch in the UCL on Tuesday.

The Blues put up a good fight in the first half but fell like a pack of cards in the second half and were punished with goals from Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski, almost making the second leg of the R16 tie at the Allianz Arena a mere formality.

Frank Lampard admitted that the mauling was a reality check as Chelsea equaled their worst home record in 34 years with 8 defeats in 21 games at Stamford Bridge, and this is with many more cracking games to go.

Regardless, Cascarino left no stones unturned in his assessment of Frank Lampard’s methods, criticizing him for constantly changing his team as well as the Blues’ poor know-how in defense. He also revealed that he and Lampard had a spat when the Chelsea boss who was still a player, called him to challenge him over what he wrote in his column on The Times.

Cascarino, a former Chelsea said on Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast:

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“It’s an awkward one with Frank, because we have had words before.

“Not bad, but I had a phone call and things were said.

“If I’m being brutally honest, I’ve always found Frank to be a little bit spikey with some of the things that you say, and you can be complementary but Frank takes it slightly the wrong way.

“I’m not convinced by his management at times this year, because I do think it’s an easy excuse just to go youngster, youngster – he’s changed that team a hell of a lot.

“I don’t like the Kepa issue. He deserved to get dropped, but keeping him out of the team – I’m not so sure that’s a good decision.

“You have to show loyalty to players sometimes, even after a bad game.

“But it’s happening all over the pitch, everywhere has been changed, everybody has been changed around. It’s really hard to guess Chelsea’s XI and that tells you in some way that Frank is spinning plates around his team.

“We’re giving him the benefit of the doubt because he’s new to this role of a Premier League manager and Chelsea have been in a very difficult situation where there’s been a lot of change and no buying power.

“But what I see, just look at the games they’ve lost, the amount of games they’ve lost and the goals-against column – that tells you a big story, that they can’t defend very well.

“I can’t see [how that can improve] unless you buy new players, but you’ve also got to look at your system.”

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