Cesc Fabregas thinks Frank Lampard “deserves credit” for Chelsea winning the Champions League last month.
The former Chelsea midfielder led his side to the knockout stages after a dominant group stage where they topped proceedings with 14 points from a possible 18.
The 42-year-old left the Blues after a season-and-a-half in charge, where he led the side to a fourth-placed finish in his first campaign in the dugout despite the club having a transfer ban.
This was seen as a remarkable achievement, given the club had a major disadvantage in the market in comparison to their top four rivals.
This is something Fabregas thinks deserves praise as he spoke about his former club and their achievements last season.
“With Chelsea, I left six months before Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Eden Hazard left. These are important names, important players in the dressing room and Frank Lampard couldn’t sign anyone (to replace them) because they had the ban. So he deserves credit as well for it.
“He took great players from the academy like Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Billy Gilmour and all of these players. We have to appreciate all he has done.
“The team has reacted well and I believed they would do well against Man City.”
Tuchel has undoubtedly taken Chelsea to “another level”, as Fabregas said, with the side becoming a really solid defensive team under the German’s tutelage.
The former Paris Saint-Germain boss’ exploits have recently been rewarded with a new contract until 2024 after initially being handed an 18-month deal.
“I cannot imagine a better occasion for a contract renewal,” Tuchel said, just a few days after Chelsea’s Champions League final triumph against Manchester City.
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“I am grateful for my experience and very happy to stay part of the Chelsea family.
“There is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation.”
Tuchel has won 19 out of his first 30 games in all competitions as Chelsea manager. Lampard, however, managed 15 wins from the same amount of fixtures when he started his tenure as Blues boss.