Chelsea officials have met with former Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann one-on-one for the first time as the search for a permanent coach continues.
Nagelsmann is well known to many Chelsea executives as the club’s directors Chris Vivell and Laurence Stewart have worked with him at RB Leipzig.
Stewart and his co-sporting director Paul Winstanley went to Germany to hold talks with the former Bayern Munich boss last weekend.
However, we understand that senior members of Chelsea’s legal team have been in discussions with Bayern Munich to understand the level of compensation that would be paid to the club under the terms of Nagelsmann’s exit from the club.
These terms will be reached and finalized when Chelsea decide that Julian Nagelsmann is the man for the job at the club.
Anthony Barry’s situation could be the advantage that Chelsea will have in this contract as he is wanted by Thomas Tuchel as part of his coaching staff at Bayern.
Nagelsmann is the leading candidate to replace sacked Graham Potter at Chelsea amongst others like Luis Enrique, Mauricio Pochettino and Ruben Amorim.
Sporting boss Amorim is highly regarded at Stamford Bridge and was among the list of wanted coaches before Chelsea eventually went for Graham Potter.
Regardless of the disappointing performance so far by the Caretaker manager Frank Lampard, Chelsea have no plans of cutting his contract short.
Lampard has coached the club to three defeats in his first three games since returning as an interim manager after Potter was fired.
Chelsea have been at their worst so far in their history as they recorded a disappointing one in 270 minutes played.
Chelsea’s expected goals under Frank Lampard has dwindled compared to Potter’s era, Lampard’s record stands at 2.33 (0.78 per game) in three matches.
While Potter’s final three games saw the team average a total of 6.1 xG (and he averaged 1.39 xG for his whole time in charge).
How Good Is Julian Nagelsmann?
Julian Nagelsmann was formerly called “PR Stunt” when he started off his coaching career but has gone to prove everyone wrong.
He literally turned down Real Madrid’s request before he turned 31 and now is most wanted by Chelsea and Tottenham.
In 2016 when he was made manager of Hoffenheim’s first team, local press pack weren’t pulling any punches for the then 28-year-old.
Just few years after, the youngest manager in Bundesliga history turned down Real Madrid request before he turned 31, managed Bayern Munich afterwards and now the most wanted in the market.
Nagelsmann looks like he will surely manage a team in the English Premier League, the question is when and where.
Lampard Blast Chelsea Players
Frank Lampard praised Conor Gallagher and Kepa Arrizabalaga despite Brighton winning the blues at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
He admitted that the team ‘were not good enough’ after the Seagulls trampled over the Blues in their renowned home ground.
It was Lampard’s first game at Stamford Bridge since he replaced Graham Potter as Chelsea’s interim manager until the end of the season.
Lampard also confirmed that Chelsea must react as they prepare to face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Speaking after the match on Saturday, he said: “It was the most deserved one. More than defeats it is performance we have to talk about. Results only come with performance. This is a really good Brighton team, so we must give them credit. But we were a yard short, a tackle short, a fight in a duel short and when that’s not right you’re not going to win games. We need to turn that around quickly.”
“It’s for me to try to get to the bottom of it quickly. We need training time but we don’t have training time. For things that are a must for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – sprints, recovery runs… it wasn’t really there [on Saturday]. From that performance, we certainly have work to do.”
“I can’t say it wasn’t a bad game and we didn’t deserve to lose, the players wouldn’t expect that. The only thing that matters now is a reaction.”