Thomas Tuchel 'favourite to replace Lampard at Chelsea with Ralph Rangnick alternative after Max Allegri ruled out'

THOMAS TUCHEL has reportedly been installed as the favourite to become the new Chelsea manager.

German outlet Bild claim the Blues will attempt to finish the current season under Frank Lampard but have already drawn up a shortlist to replace him.

The report adds that a move for Massimiliano Allegri has already been ruled out with ex-Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel the favourite.

Former RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick is said to be Chelsea's alternative.

Lampard has been made odds on to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked following Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Leicester.

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SunSport revealed earlier this month that Tuchel was being lined up by Roman Abramovich following a string of bad results.

The defeat at Leicester was Chelsea’s sixth in the league this term, leaving them eighth in the table and 11 points off the top.

Despite spending over £200million last summer, Lampard is yet to get the best from new signings including German's Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

And previous reports claim Chelsea want to hire someone who can speak fluent German in order to help the star duo tick.

Tuchel is available for hire after being sacked by PSG and replaced by former Spurs man Mauricio Pochettino.

He won two Ligue 1 titles during his 18 months in the French capital, while also leading the Parisians to last season’s Champions League final.

A move to Chelsea would see Tuchel reunited with his old PSG captain Thiago Silva and ex-Borussia Dortmund charge Christian Pulisic.

Meanwhile, Lampard will look to put his Premier League misery behind him by ringing the changes for Sunday's FA Cup clash against Luton.


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