Much has been said about the two former players, each epitomising what their clubs stands for and for whatever reasons— where they seek to belong amongst the World’s elites. The comparison is interminable, at every junction there’s certainly one reason or the other to compare the two club legends–two managers whose “Modus Operandi” of employment are quite the same.
But 14 months on and into their sophomore year who’s ahead?
While OGS may have gotten the better of the Chelsea boss early in their managerial career, with three wins from four games and one defeat with an aggregate scoreline of 9-4, the bigger picture, realistically is that; they’re not too far away from each other in their respective jobs.
Indeed, Ole managed a double over Lampard last season, they both finished on 66 points and one place difference at the end of Matchday 38. In the same vein Lampard’s sole victory came in the FA cup, he fell short of the trophy ultimately.
United’s current boss is more or less looking to build his new united in the replica of His(their) old boss— “the good old Fergie time”. While ostensibly Lampard is looking to build Chelsea in his own image as well, Mason Mount is a totemic figure to look at.
Lampard, Chelsea record goalscorer and a scorer of 177 premier league goals, has plenty of experience as a player in the top division, Ole is not a slouch either. He’s a treble winner with United, six premier league titles and on his day he’s one of the finest forwards the league as ever seen, but question marks still remains over their managerial capabilities and of course who’d be the first to get the sacking?
Ole’s league record at Man Utd from his first full season reads 18 wins 12 draws and 8 defeats, an indifferent 66points giving him a third placed finish. That’s not all, a run to three semi finals in cup games is also commendable but the negative is; he’s still without a trophy despite those truimvirate of cup games last four and why is it proving elusive?
Lampard’s Chelsea career is also similar, 20 wins 12 defets and 6 draws, with 66points on board (same with Ole), a cup final appearance and a 4th placed finish. A decent return from a man who’s been handicapped by transfer ban and the loss of star player Eden Hazard coming into his first season with the blues.
But then he’s already lost two finals and Chelsea went “trophyless” for the first time in 10 years under him.
Both Chelsea and Man Utd are clubs that have enjoyed enviable success in the past and that’s where a disparity does exist.
United’s last title truimph came in 2017, when they won the UEFA Europa league in Stockholm.
Chelsea’s in 2019, ironically it was also an UEFA Europa league truimph in Baku, Azerbaijan. Chelsea’s last premier league trophy was in 2017 United’s 2013, a whooping four years gap. Chelsea did win the FA CUP in 2018 while United’s latest came in 2016.
While Ole has the toughest job of the duo undoubtedly due to the superiority in United’s class and history, Frank won’t be spared of a trophy drought either.
The question of who enjoyed the club’s backing in the summer will always pay out at some point and to some extent it will be used as a yardstick for assesing their rebuilding process.
Chelsea have bolstered their ranks with new faces during the summer totalling well over $280m, United on the other hand missed out on their primary target and have to settle for “alternatives”.
But then a comparison exist again, the net spend by Ole and Lampard in their career is almost the same. Aaron Wan Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James were Ole first buys in the summer of 2019, Bruno Fernandes in the Winter. Donny van de beek, Alex Telles, Facundo Pellestri in summer 2020. A quick mathematics of the fees would probably be in a little excess of Frank’s, but then the more the merrier.
While United are showing steedy signs of progress, their boss’ tactical acumen will always be questioned. United have taken 6 points from a possible 12 in the league with two damaging home defeats to palace and Spurs not doing him any good. However, it’s needful to mention how good they’ve been.
They’re on a run of ten consecutive away wins. A run stretching back to Harry Maguire’s late winner at Norwich in the FA cup quarter finals, have taken the second most points during post lockdown football and have just pulled off a well deserved victory over last season’s Champions League finalist, PSG in Paris.
Chelsea meanwhile have won two of their five league games, scoring 13goals in the process and conceding 9 leaving them 8th in the table.
Going forward, the encounter at Old Trafford gives the two managers a chance to turn their fortunes around and further convince their employers that the project is well and truly heading in the right direction.
They both need points on board, and they need it fast.
Of course project rebuild isn’t going to be complete in just a season, however their bosses, the fans can’t wait for too long.
“ProjectRebuild” ought to be complete sooner rather than later, for any to cement their place as being “ahead” of the other.