Frank Lampard believes Chelsea will again be in contention to win the Premier League title if Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge to become the club’s next permanent manager, the
Mourinho, currently at the helm of Real Madrid, has been strongly linked with a return to English football, almost six years after he left the Blues – with the Telegraph adding Mourinho’s appointment could be confirmed in June. Lampard believes that the Portuguese will not only be a success on his second coming, but will have a positive impact on the club as a whole.
“Jose’s the greatest manager in our history and he changed the whole belief of the club and made us into a winning club,” Lampard said. “It will lift the fans and it will lift the players. Those who haven’t worked with him before will understand that he’ll give them an extra edge.”
Lampard was at Chelsea for three years before Mourinho arrived from Porto in 2004, but did not win a trophy in that time under Claudio Ranieri. However, following Mourinho’s appointment, Chelsea won the League Cup in 2005 and the Premier League title the same year, retaining the title the following season and adding a second League Cup and the FA Cup in 2007.
In the years since Mourinho left Chelsea, the club has won the Premier League title but not since 2009/10, although they did claim the Champions League in 2012 and recently added the Europa League to the trophy cabinet. Lampard, meanwhile, became the club’s all-time leading goal scorer recently and signed a one-year contract extension to confirm his place at Chelsea next season.
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