Lampard told Everton will be ‘playing like Barcelona’ if they survive relegation

Everton will be 'playing like Barcelona' if they avoid relegation from the Premier League this season, according to Richard Dunne who has tipped Frank Lampard for success at Goodison Park.

After losing to Burnley 3-2 at Turf Moor, Everton were staring relegation in the face, but a dream weekend saw them move four points clear of the bottom three to ease their fears. A statement 1-0 win against Manchester United lifted was met with a sigh of relief around Goodison, and then Burnley's 3-0 defeat to Norwich sparked celebration on Merseyside.

Everton now have just eight games remaining to secure their safety, but they are now firmly in the driving seat. But although they're stuck at the wrong end of the table, good things are to come for the Toffee's under Lampard, according to a former star.

Everton may have massively underperformed this season, but they will be playing like Barcelona in no time according to Dunne, who has backed Lampard to succeed at the club. After an unsavoury end to his 18-month stint at Chelsea, question marks have been raised over Lampard's managerial ability after a rocky start at Everton.

But Dunne thins that it's just a bump in the road for Lampard, and has placed all of the blame on Everton's former managers rather than the Chelsea legend himself. Dunne told BoyleSports: "Frank has experience in the Championship and knows the league.

"When he was there, he used his contacts at Chelsea to help him at Derby. I don’t see them going down and I think if they stay up, I think Lampard can definitely improve them after a fresh start with a pre-season and a summer transfer window.

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"I think he’s a manager who can get them a Barcelona-type football and get them higher in the league. I don’t think the poor season or results are down to him, but it’s down to previous managers. He’s just trying to handle the situation and he’s the man to bring them forward."

Dunne started his career at Everton in 1994 and came through the ranks at Finch Farm alongside club legends Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman. The Irish defender joined Manchester City in 2000 and made 296 league appearances before moving to Aston Villa in 2009.

The 42-year-old knows what it takes to succeed in the Premier League, and has backed Lampard to turn things around as long as they stay up this season. And if he does, it's expected that Lampard will be given sizeable funds in the summer, as Everton look to continue their recent spending spree.

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