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‘Chelsea won’t hire Allegri because of one key reason’

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Chelsea have been linked with Massimiliano Allegri amid Frank Lampard’s struggles. Craig Burley explains why the Blues won’t sign the Italian.

Chelsea won’t appoint Massimiliano Allegri because he’s just as pragmatic as Jose Mourinho was during his two stints in west London. That is the opinion of former Blues midfielder Craig Burley.

Frank Lampard is fighting to keep his job at Stamford Bridge in the wake of their 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday. And Burley thinks the former Juventus boss isn’t in the frame to take over.

Chelsea went into the season with massive expectations of challenging for the Premier League title.

But the Blues are well off the pace, and their 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday night was their sixth loss of the campaign.

Chelsea now face a battle to finish in the top four, and Allegri has been linked with the Blues as a potential replacement for Frank Lampard.

However, Burley believes the former Juventus manager won’t get the job because of his negative tactics.

“Allegri is known for pragmatism. There is nothing wrong with that, but Abramovich has always tried to get away from that. He had enough of it under [Jose] Mourinho,” Burley told ESPN FC.

“I’m not a Thomas Tuchel fan. He’s done a decent job at [Borussia] Dortmund and PSG but I’m not on the Thomas Tuchel train.”

“I look at Brendan Rodgers as, at least, the third-best coach in the Premier League.”

Instead, Burley sees Brendan Rodgers as a possible future replacement for Frank Lampard.

“He (Rodgers) [also] worked at Chelsea before with the younger kids” he added.

“Would Rodgers have more understanding of what he wants [with the Chelsea squad] because of his experience [compared to Lampard]? Yes, he would.”

“Is there anybody better [except Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola]? No, not even close.”