Jose Mourinho has owned up to the fact that a substitute in place of Frank Lampard is next to impossible.
There is talk that Frank Lampard is an irreplaceable person whose absence at Chelsea will cause quite a few problems. At least that is the story straight from the horse’s mouth or as told to the press by Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho was a patron of Lampard. After serving Chelsea for almost a decade and a half, the man left for greener pastures. Jose Mourinho furthermore spoke of how the hiring of Cesc Fabregas will not stem the tide set loose by the disappearance of Lampard from the equation.
Fabregas may be a player in the field but he will only change the game slightly for Chelsea. He is definitely no replacement for Lampard. In fact, there is news of a figure in stone being built of Lampard. He was one of a kind alright. There are seldom people of such high caliber in the world of football.
Speaking to Rio Ferdinand for BT Sport, Mourinho said: "Frank is Frank, he is irreplaceable. No chance.
"Fabregas is the player we need to modify a little bit the profile of our game. We want to give the next dimension to our game in midfield.
"But I think we can never say - in spite of Cesc, who is a fantastic player as you know - that, 'This guy is coming to replace Frank', because Frank is Frank."
"One day he will be alongside Peter Osgood in terms of a statue being built for him, because he's fantastic."
Furthermore, Chelsea faces a lot of challenges in the future. Whether it will be able to face them with the stock of players at its disposal was a moot point.
The tough days that lie ahead will have to be met with a stiff upper lip. But one thing which will be felt with the greatest intensity is the absence of Lampard.
Mourinho warned that the times to come won’t be all peaches and cream. Rather they will be a harrowing ordeal that will be bone-crunching in its painfulness.
"In England it is even stronger now than in my first period," he said. "Even more now because when I first came Man City didn't have this financial situation they have now. Even Tottenham at this moment, all the top five or six."
"In this moment can you tell me who is going to win the Premier League? You can't tell me," he continued.
"You can try to tell me but can you say which one of the top five is going to be outside the Champions League? You can’t say. This is what I want.
"This is what I want. For my concept of what a league should be, this is the best."
Without Lampard on board, Chelsea has been left high and dry. He was a fine footballer and a seasoned player. Had he stayed on there would have been a lot of optimism among the rest of the team.
But with his departure for better prospects, the football club presents a pessimistic scenario of womb, gloom and doom. There are very few chances of an imminent victory since the main strength has left and all that is left behind is a series of weaknesses. The cracks are already starting to show. Lampard will be missed dearly by Chelsea.