- The ex-Gunner is impressed by Lampard's decision to field the best side for the FA Cup tie.
- Winning the competition will be a huge achievement if we remember the starting point of Lampard's reign.
- If Chelsea also qualify for the Champions League, it will be a phenomenal first year for Lampard.
"I thought Chelsea were outstanding, absolutely brilliant. Chelsea are in the same position as Man Utd, and they played a strong side. They've got to go to Liverpool and play at home to Wolves!" Paul Merson told Sky Sports.
"Frank Lampard knows if he wins the FA Cup, it's a huge achievement. We spoke about this being a consolidating year for Chelsea, well he's two games away from the top four and he's one game from the FA Cup. For his first year in the top flight, where he couldn't buy a player, he should get manager of the year! It's phenomenal."
Frank Lampard took over from Maurizio Sarri just after Eden Hazard waved goodbye to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea were also unable to replace him straight away due to the transfer ban.
Despite all that, Chelsea are one game away from lifting the FA Cup and one win away from a guaranteed top-four finish in the Premier League. Still, Lampard won't be a frontrunner for the award, with Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Sheffield United's Chris Wilder considered favourites.
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