Frank Lampard is very happy to see his former club Chelsea confirm the capture of Antonio Conte but has warned the Italian coach that he has a big job on his hands.
Conte has long been tipped to take over from Guus Hiddink at the end of the season and that speculation was confirmed by the Blues on Monday afternoon.
The former Juventus coach will leave his role as Italy boss following Euro 2016 and will move straight into his new role at Stamford Bridge.
Having won three successive Scudetti with Juventus, Conte will arrive in west London with much expectation but faces the challenge of adapting to English football, in which he has never played or managed in.
Not only that, but Lampard believes that while the 46-year-old is a great manager in his eyes, rebuilding Chelsea will be nothing short of difficult. Indeed, the reigning Premier League champions have experienced a dramatic comedown this campaign, which saw Stamford Bridge hero Jose Mourinho sacked in December.
While it has been a humbling experience for the international stars at Chelsea, they will still be under pressure to challenge for the title next season. Lampard has backed Conte to come up with the goods.
"I think he’s a great manager," the New York City FC midfielder told Goal. "I think it’s a big job now, Chelsea.
"I think it’s a transitional period with the difficult year they’ve had, but I think Conte has a fantastic pedigree... what he’s done at Juventus, the work he’s doing now with the Italian (national) team."
Although Lampard has moved on from his Chelsea days, the former England international was still keen to pick Andrea Pirlo's brains when it comes to Conte. His New York City FC team-mate was, of course, a key player for Conte's Juventus before moving to MLS and the Italian midfielder had nothing but nice things to say.
"I’ve spoken with Andrea, who knows him very well, and he speaks very highly of him," Lampard added.
"So, I think he’ll bring a discipline and a work ethic and hopefully improve Chelsea. I’m not sure it will be easy, but I think he has the credibility."
A reprieve for Terry
According to another popular Chelsea figure, Conte's arrival could mean a dramatic u-turn for John Terry, who had been expected to leave at the end of the season. Ray Wilkins believes Conte will give Terry a 12-month extension to his current deal.
Wilkins told Sky Sports: "John Terry is an exceptional player and he will be for a couple of years, whether he is at Chelsea or elsewhere. Antonio will want his experience and will want to pick his brains about what he is coming into."
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