Lampard tells Boehly what to do with Maresca amid legend's brutal verdict on Blues

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The Pride of London cover two Stamford Bridge stories. First of all, Chelsea icon Frank Lampard tells CFC co-controlling owner Todd Boehly what to do with new team boss Enzo Maresca.

And PoL comment further after a Blues legend admitted that he doesn't rate a defensive duo on Fulham Road. Are Benoit Badiashile and Axel Disasi a fully competent pairing? Can they contribute to the keeping of clean sheets and continue to help the club head in the right direction?

John Obi Mikel is not really a fan of either Benoit Badiashile or Axel Disasi

I have questioned the validity of Badiashile and Disasi as a viable pair for the Chels' back line. It is not that they are bad players, not in the slightest. Yet, to be a centreback starting for Chelsea, you have to be good - really good! Irrespective, both are still young enough to eventually fulfil their great promise.

I am admittedly unconvinced with regards to Badiashile and Disasi respectively. However, I am just a blogger. So what do former elite professionals think, especially those who are ex-Blues themselves? Well, one was on hand with a verdict for the fan base.

John Obi Mikel - a one-time CFC midfielder who lifted Premier League and FA Cup silverware on many occasions - is unimpressed as well. Of the two - who combined for a whopping £74 million in transfer fees - Mikel says he doesn't think they are appropriate for Chelsea.

The exit of Brazilian legend Thiago Silva is at the heart of Mikel's worries. He believes the west London outfit must bring in a couple of 'world-class' defenders to replace Badiashile and Disasi. However, the 37-year-old does state that the latter two will develop and improve with experience.

Frank Lampard has a suggestion for Chelsea's owners concerning new gaffer Enzo Maresca

Lampard was not given much time at the Bridge when taking charge. And that happened twice. Although he was a caretaker on the second occasion. Anyway, the retired England international has made a recommendation to the CFC board regarding Maresca.

The 45-year-old, who still cares deeply about the club he led to many trophies with captain and teammate John Terry, wants Boehly and Behdad Eghbali to be "patient" with the Italian. Lampard noted departed boss Mauricio Pochettino's positive platform to build upon. He asserts that the addition of signings will boost and strengthen the Blues roster this summer.