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FA Cup: Frank Lampard’s fingerprints are all over Chelsea players – Joe Cole

Former Chelsea star, Joe Cole, has insisted the club’s former manager, Frank Lampard’s fingerprints are all over the Blues players despite Thomas Tuchel succeeding him last January.

Cole believes Lampard deserves praise for the groundwork he did as a Chelsea coach before being replaced by Tuchel.

Speaking prior to Chelsea’s FA Cup final 1-0 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday, lauded Lampard for bringing through so many exciting youngsters.

“Tuchel has come in [at Chelsea] and done an unbelievable job,” Cole told the Mail.

“But you can’t disregard what Frank [Lampard] did – holding the fort during a difficult time, getting the club to a cup final last year, getting Champions League when they had lost their best player (Eden Hazard).

“He brought in many of these young players in and put £200million of talent on the bottom line.

“They were going through a bad spell earlier in the season and that is Chelsea – you know if you go through a bad spell, you could get the sack.

“Frank’s fingerprints will be on this team, but you have to credit Tuchel – to come in and have the impact he has had is extraordinary.

“Chelsea is in a really healthy place at the moment, so I’ m very happy, very confident.”

Chelsea will hope to win another Champions League title later this month when they face Manchester City in the final on May 29 in Porto.

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