FIFA 19 Predicts Frank Lampard's First Season In Charge At Chelsea
Frank Lampard has succeeded Maurizio Sarri as the new Chelsea manager on a three-year deal.
The Blues received permission last Tuesday to hold talks with the ex-Derby County boss, 41, and confirmed his appointment to the managerial post today.
But the Chelsea legend faces no easy task at Stamford Bridge as he takes over from Sarri, who left the club to succeed Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus.
Chelsea were unable to hold on to Belgian superstar Eden Hazard, 28, after he completed his dream move to Real Madrid.
And the Blues have been slapped with a two-window transfer ban from FIFA for breaching regulations regarding minors.
Aside from Mateo Kovačić's permanent move from Madrid to Chelsea, the club will be restricted in bringing in any new players ahead of the new season.
SPORTbible used FIFA 19 to predict how well Lampard fairs during his first season in charge at Chelsea.
Welcome back to Chelsea, Lampard!
During his time at Derby, Lampard admitted that 4-3-3 was his preferred formation for his starting XI.
"It [4-3-3] would be my preferred system, without a doubt, but I want us to be flexible. I don't want it to be set in stone," he said.
"It is important to look at the attributes of the players because to play 4-3-3 without wingers would be ridiculous."
Well, the ex-Derby boss has adopted that system for his Chelsea side and has Christian Pulisic in the frontline alongside Olivier Giroud and Pedro.
Chelsea have been added to the Champions League for this FIFA 19 experiment, but all of the Premier League teams remain the same as last season.
And the fixture order remains the same as last season -- that was simply out of our hands -- and Hazard decided to turn down a move to Madrid in favour of a transfer to Barcelona.
Gameweek 1: Huddersfield Town vs Chelsea (2-2)
Lampard is unlucky not to start off life as a Premier League manager in winning ways thanks to Terence Kongolo's late strike.
Gameweek 2: Chelsea vs Arsenal (2-0)
Lampard receives a standing ovation at Stamford Bridge and returns his warm welcome with a massive result over fellow London club Arsenal.
Goals from Pedro and César Azpilicueta seal all three points for the Blues and a memorable win for Lampard.
First match of the EFL Cup: Chelsea beat Huddersfield 2-1
Lampard's men have momentum on their side and carry it into the EFL Cup as they sweep aside Huddersfield.
After five Premier League matches
Chelsea are sixth in the league and are two points off from the top four.
Marco Silva's Everton are flying high at the top of the table after winning all five of their opening league matches.
First Champions League match: Chelsea beat Young Boys 2-0
Lampard's first taste of European football as a manager ends in winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Young Boys.
Third round of the EFL Cup: Wolverhampton Wanderers knock Chelsea out on penalties
Just like that and the Chelsea boss' hopes of capturing silverware in his first season take a massive blow.
After ten Premier League matches
Chelsea are fifth in the league on 16 points, but they are only one point behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Lampard's men have also faced top six sides in the form of Liverpool and Manchester United.
But Chelsea secured a 0-0 draw with the Reds and a 1-1 draw with the Red Devils.
Chelsea vs Spurs (2-2)
Lampard might not have been able to pick up a win against Spurs, but Chelsea fans are happy as their side climb back into the top four!
Chelsea beat Young Boys 2-1
It's a big night for Lampard in Europe as Chelsea clinch an important victory to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the knockout stage of the Champions League.
The Blues boss fist pumps while heading down the tunnel as supporters chant his name.
After 14 Premier League matches
'Who needs Sarri,' the Chelsea fans are bellowing at matches.
Lampard's side are in fine form and have climbed to second place in the league.
With seven wins, five draws and two losses, the Blues have accumulated 26 points and are three points behind reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.
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The title race is on!
Chelsea vs City
Lampard enters his biggest match of the season so far as Chelsea face City in the race for the title.
But Pep Guardiola's men rise to the occasion to beat Chelsea 2-0 and move six points clear at the top.
The Blues boss is devastated with the result.
Chelsea vs Valencia
Lampard needs his side to bounce back from their defeat against City in their Champions League clash with Valencia.
Chelsea are second with seven points and Valencia are third with five points. And fans aren't happy that Sarri's Juventus are top with 15 points!
But anyway, Lampard's men secure a 2-2 draw away from home to qualify for the next stage of the competition!
The Spaniard, 28, seems to be happy with the boss' impact at Stamford Bridge this season.
Lionel Messi makes history
Oh, and the Barcelona superstar makes headlines as he picks up his record-breaking sixth Ballon d'Or award.
Champions League draw
Lampard learns that Chelsea have been drawn against Barcelona in the round of 16. But can he defy the odds and beat the Spanish club?
And Chelsea face no easy task as Borussia Dortmund have activated Azpilicueta's release clause and he has left the club in January.
A fuming Lampard refused to discuss the player during his latest press conference.
Halfway stage of the season
Chelsea have dropped to third place in the league and are two points behind second-placed Spurs and three points behind first-placed City.
And Giroud is third in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot and has scored ten times in the league.
FA Cup success
Chelsea beat Rotherham United 3-0 in the third round and Doncaster Rovers 2-0 in the fourth round.
And Lampard is licking his lips at the prospect of winning the competition.
And the FA Cup dream is over
Chelsea come up against Leicester City in the fifth round and lose 1-0, with a visibly upset Lampard missing out on silverware.
Chelsea and Barcelona's first-leg Champions League round of 16 clash
Following up on their defeat in the FA Cup, Barcelona arrive at Stamford Bridge and secure a 1-0 win over Chelsea.
Chelsea and Barcelona's second-leg Champions League round of 16 clash
Lampard's men travel to the Camp Nou with the hopes of causing a major upset in the Champions League.
But it all ends in disappointment as Barcelona beat Chelsea 3-0 on the night.
After 30 Premier League matches
Chelsea's disappointment in the Champions League doesn't last long as fans celebrate that their side is back in second place.
But City are pulling away in the race for the title as they move 13 points clear at the top.
A climactic end to the season, eh?
Going into the final day of the season, Chelsea are fifth and are level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal and are one point behind third-placed United.
Just falling short of top four
Roman Abramovich watches on with disappointment as Chelsea lose 1-0 to Leicester on the final day of the season.
Lampard's side finish in fifth place and miss out on Champions League football next season.
And Giroud's form has dipped as he slumps to sixth place in the race for the Golden Boot.
Will Lampard be successful at Chelsea?
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