Frank Lampard has spoken about the ongoing crisis at his former club Chelsea, describing their dramatic downfall as "shocking".
The reigning Premier League champions currently find themselves closer to the foot of the table than the top and are precariously placed just four points above the relegation zone.
At no point during the current campaign have the Blues looked capable of finishing top and there is every chance that they will finish the season having completed the worst title defence in Premier League history.
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Ultimately, their poor form cost Jose Mourinho his job as manager. He was dismissed just six months after signing a mega four-year contract extension, capping what has been an incredible turnaround in circumstance.
It has been shocking for Lampard, who himself won three Premier League titles during a very successful stint at Stamford Bridge, admits this is like nothing he ever experienced with the Blues.
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"We're not used to it," Lampard told ESPN. "I was really fortunate to part of a really good era. A bad season was like second, third, or fourth at the most, so I think it's shocking. Now, I think the club will come back.
"They're a huge club, and there's obviously been issues there. You see that when they fire the manager who won the league six months before. I know a lot of people at the club. They will come back."
Fans on board
But despite the actual threat of relegation hanging over the club, a number of fans still wanted Mourinho to remain in charge. They instead blamed the players for lacking application and removing the Special One inspired some negative reaction from the Stamford Bridge crowd.
Lampard spoke about what must have been a difficult situation for Roman Abramovich, suggesting the Russian oligarch made the right decision in replacing Mourinho with Guss Hiddink. He believes that no one, including Mourinho, looked happy with the current situation, making a change in the dugout the only option.
No one happy
"I think it was a difficult call. It's not easy to say whether it was the right or wrong solution until you look back and how it goes in the future, the next two or three years," Lampard said. "Nobody was happy at Chelsea. The players wouldn't have been happy with its position. Jose Mourinho himself wouldn't have been.
"Sometimes that means a change. Chelsea are very used to change, but what they've always had is results, so I'd like to see them get back to the top half of the table very soon."
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