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The game against Bohemians confirmed earlier reports that Frank Lampard will use a 4-2-3-1 formation at Chelsea, a shift from the 4-3-3 used by former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea’s game against Bohemians ended in a 1-1 draw and while the likes of Michy Batshuayi and Ethan Ampadu impressed for the Blues, there are three players that failed to impress for Chelsea.
Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Pedro failed to impress during the game against Bohemians on Wednesday night.
Pedro must improve quickly for the game against St Patrick’s on Saturday because he had a poor 45 minutes against Bohemians on Wednesday. Pedro was hardly in the encounter as he struggled to get on the ball and didn’t make any impact. Lampard will expect more from the Spaniard as he could be an important player for Chelsea this season.
Tiemoue Bakayoko is back with Chelsea after spending last season on loan at AC Milan. Bakayoko had a poor first season at Stamford Bridge and he will be hoping to prove himself during preseason.
The Frenchman played the second 45 minutes against Bohemians. He started the match brilliantly and then faded off, struggling to make an impact on the game.
Bakayoko must improve his game against St Patrick’s on Saturday as time is running out for him to prove he deserves to remain at Chelsea.
Danny Drinkwater failed to make a competitive appearance for Chelsea last season under Maurizio Sarri and the game against Bohemians was his first game in a Chelsea shirt since he last featured for the Blues against Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Drinkwater was really rusty against Bohemians, with a couple of loose passes and defensively got overrun at times. He needs more game time to get back to his best. He will need to be better against St Patrick’s on Saturday if he wants to impress Lampard.