Since the departure of Maurizio Sarri in the summer of 2019, a lot of Chelsea fans felt the short-reigned era was unfair on the Italian boss.
Winning the Europa League was amongst the honours list during his one season at Stamford Bridge with a top four finish too, but this was deemed not good enough.
Since the return of Frank Lampard to West London, the current managerial tenure has had its up and downs. Introducing youngsters into the side has appeased fans but the inexperience has certain Blues fans worrying.
At this point last season, after 29 Premier League games, Sarri picked up 45 points from 29 games. Whereas Lampard has acquired 48 points from 29 games.
The loss of Eden Hazard has affected Chelsea, but Lampard is coping without the star Belgian. Introducing eight youth players into the first team fold has proved to be successful due to Chelsea being inside the top four for a large part of the season.
Maurizio Sarri – The opening month of the season was very promising for Sarri. Chelsea picked up maximum points from their fixtures.
Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea
Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal
Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea
Nine points from nine concluded a perfect month for the Blues, including a memorable win against Arsenal at the Bridge.
Frank Lampard – It was a miserable debut month for Lampard, five points from 12 was secured.
Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
Norwich 2-3 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-2 Sheffield United
A disappointing opening result for Lampard, losing 4-0 on the opening day instantly put pressure on the Blues legend. Only securing one win meant they were already playing catch up.
Maurizio Sarri – Not as strong as the opening month but Sarri went into September unbeaten and it remained that way throughout the month.
Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff
West Ham 0-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
A strong win was secured at the start of September but two draws in the following games meant points dropped for the first time.
Frank Lampard – A bit of momentum was picked up for, including the first clean sheet of the season.
Wolves 2-5 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
Chelsea 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Six points from nine concluding a successful month. Despite narrowly losing to Jurgen Klopp’s side, Chelsea took credit from September, including a magnificent win over Wolves at Molineux.
Maurizio Sarri – Another good month for the Italian, Chelsea were becoming a force after another unbeaten month.
Southampton 0-3 Chelsea
West Ham United 0-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
Despite five points from nine, Chelsea were looking strong. Hard fought draws against Liverpool and away at West Ham was acquired after a strong win away at Southampton.
Frank Lampard – Maximum points for the all-time Chelsea top scorer, things were starting to take shape.
Southampton 1-4 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle
Burnley 2-4 Chelsea
Despite winning all three games, leaking goals was becoming an issue for Lampard, just two clean sheets from 10 had alarm bells ringing.
Maurizio Sarri – Despite a good start to the month, Chelsea fell short at the latter end of November to lose their unbeaten record.
Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 0-0 Everton
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Chelsea
The first loss of the Sarri Premier League era. Nevertheless, four points from nine was an acceptable return after the dazzling run, they’d been on in previous months.
Frank Lampard – An up and down month for Lampard, including a loss to the champions.
Watford 1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace
Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 0-1 West Ham United
Despite going 0-1 up at the Etihad, Chelsea fell short to Pep Guardiola's men, ultimately concluding two wins and two losses from November.
Maurizio Sarri – The first Christmas period for the Italian boss. A good return for Sarri meant there was positivity heading into the new year.
Chelsea 2-0 Fulham
Wolves 2-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea 0-1 Leicester
Watford 1-2 Chelsea
Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea
15 points from 21 was gained in the final month of the year. Chelsea were flying into the new year in good fashion.
Frank Lampard – Another mixed month for Lampard. The Christmas period provided slight animosity between the Chelsea fan base.
Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa
Everton 3-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth
Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea 0-2 Southampton
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
With slight unrest within the fan base because of poor defeats, victories over London rivals Spurs, and Arsenal eased the pressure.
Maurizio Sarri – After a good end to the year, the new year provided disappointment for Sarri.
Chelsea 0-0 Southampton
Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle
Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea
Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea
Four points from 12 concluded a disappointed return from January. A heavy loss away at Bournemouth caused concern.
Frank Lampard – The new year brought new hope for the Blues legend. Progressing to the latter stages of the Champions League meant there was a bright year ahead.
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 3-0 Burnley
Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal
Five points from 12 was disappointing for Chelsea. A mistake from Kepa Arrizabalaga against Arsenal caused scrutiny on the Spaniard goalkeeper.
Maurizio Sarri – The best and worst month for Chelsea fans. A lot of goals but not always at the right end.
Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield
Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Despite netting five against Huddersfield and a clean sheet victory over Spurs, the month of February will be remembered for the 0-6 to City and the dispute between Sarri and Kepa in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, when the goalkeeper refused to come off.
Frank Lampard – Another mixed month for Chelsea, inconsistent results was becoming regular at the Bridge.
Leicester 2-2 Chelsea
Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Bournemouth 2-2 Chelsea
Another defeat to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man United caused frustration. Despite the loss, another victory over Spurs and Jose Mourinho earned brownie points for Frank.
Maurizio Sarri – The frustrating month prior had continued into March.
Fulham 1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-1 Wolves
Everton 2-0 Chelsea
Four points from nine concluded a dull month. Inconsistent results were starting to settle at West London.
The opening game of the month was one of Lampard’s best in management. The momentum was halted after the outbreak of Coronavirus, meaning the postponement of fixtures.
Chelsea 4-0 Everton
Aston Villa P-P Chelsea
Chelsea P-P Manchester City
Fixtures are supposed to get back underway in early April. Chelsea will look to continue their form after the five-star performance against Everton, with the emergence of Billy Gilmour catching the headlines.