Charlie Nicholas dismisses Chelsea’s top-four hopes and predicts ‘pain and suffering’ for Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard has been told to expect ‘pain and suffering’ at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas has dismissed Chelsea’s top-four hopes and predicted ‘pain and suffering’ for manager Frank Lampard.

Blues legend Lampard replaced Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge this summer after leaving his role at Derby County.

Chelsea were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester United in Lampard’s first Premier League match in charge and Nicholas feels the Blues will also be beaten by Leicester City on Sunday.

‘I see pain and suffering for Chelsea,’ the Gunners great told Sky Sports.

‘Frank Lampard is playing youth team players at Old Trafford because he is left with no other scenario, but his anger at not being able to drag people off the treatment room is a reflection of where Chelsea are but also where Leicester are.

‘Brendan Rodgers will play pass and move, pass and move, but this is different, this is Leicester.

‘He has lost Harry Maguire, which was a great deal for Leicester. Is he going to change from what we saw at the latter end of last season? Yes he will, but it will take time.

‘Ross Barkley will struggle here, because Leicester keep the ball well and move it, so he will see less of the ball to make things happen.

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‘It has been a change of circumstances at Leicester and massively so at Chelsea.

‘This weekend is about Lampard getting his team over the line. It is going to be a rollercoaster ride of a season and they will not make the top four.

‘I am going to go for a surprise score in this one, 2-1 to Leicester. This is not a negative throw towards Lampard, I wish him well.

‘This team will just take time to truly understand what they are, and they will be more exposed at home than away from home in my opinion.’


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