Roman Abramovich is reportedly considering Andriy Shevchenko as a shock replacement for Frank Lampard, if the Blues decide to sack their all-time record goalscorer. Surprise reports from France claim the Ukrainian is in the frame should Lampard fail to turn things around in west London.
Lampard’s job is currently under threat at Stamford Bridge following a dismal run of form that started in the middle of December.
Chelsea were beaten 1-0 at Everton and that was followed up with a 2-1 loss at Wolves.
The two results appeared to change the mood in the Chelsea camp and the Blues were later embarrassed by Arsenal on Boxing Day in a 3-1 rout.
There was a response during the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa but Chelsea turned in arguably their worst display of the campaign yesterday when they were beaten by Manchester City 3-1.
Ukraine finished undefeated in Group B, winning six of their eight matches.
The legendary AC Milan centre-forward also has another connection at Chelsea, who he represented between 2006 and 2008.
His son Kristian, who is 14, plays for the Blues and was born in London.
Abramovich is said to be a big admirer of Shevchenko and has remained in contact with him ever since he left Chelsea.
The Russian billionaire has welcomed the 44-year-old back to Stamford Bridge to watch the Blues from his box on several occasions.
As it stands, Lampard is not worried about losing his job though and delivered a defiant press conference after the 3-1 defeat to City.
“I’m not worried about my future or relaxed about whether we may have highs or lows,” he said.
“I just told the players about it. I was expecting difficult times this year, I know it’s not that simple. I know where we are.
“Whether it puts pressure on me or not, it doesn’t matter. A month ago, everyone was asking me if I was going to sign a new contract, now people are going to say different things because suddenly we are having a bad time where we have lost four matches.
“So the pressure remains constant in this business and you know that there will always be difficult times.”