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Chelsea coasted to a 4-0 win over St Patrick’s on Saturday in our second pre-season game of the summer.
Mason Mount opened the scoring before Emerson made it 2-0 with an effort from outside the box. A second half brace from Olivier Giroud secured a 4-0 win for the Blues.
Here are 5 things we learned from the victory over St Patrick’s:
1. Michy Batshuayi is looking sharp
This might be the season Michy Batshuayi finally becomes an important player for the Blues. He has spent the last 18 months on loan after failing to get regular game time at Stamford Bridge. His loan spells at Borussia Dortmund and Crystal Palace were successful but he failed to impress at Valencia.
The transfer ban has given Batshuayi a way back to the team and the Belgian is eager to grab the opportunity with both hands. He has looked sharp in pre-season so far and even though he didn’t score against St Patrick’s, his performance was impressive.
At the moment, he is ahead of Tammy Abraham and could be ahead of Olivier Giroud if he maintains his pre-season form.
2. Tomori and Christensen are ahead of Kurt Zouma
After Kurt Zouma’s impressive loan spell at Everton, I have been eager to see the France international back at the club but he might be better off leaving the club this summer as he could become fifth-choice behind David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori.
Tomori impressed on loan under Lampard at Derby and I see the youngster staying back at the club after a very composed performance against St Patrick’s. He’s very good on the ball and isn’t rash in his tackles.
Tomori and Christensen have looked more composed in defence and comfortable with the ball than Zouma so far in pre-season.
Our pre-season games against Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona will definitely give us a clue on how good Tomori really is as there was really no threat in the game against St Patrick’s.
3. The Diamond should make a comeback
Lampard set the team up in a 4-4-2 diamond in the first half against St Patrick’s and the football on display was fluid, crisp, aggressive, and fun. I must confess the first half against St Patrick’s was some of the best football Chelsea has played in quite some time.
It’s hard to see the 4-4-2 diamond being a regular feature this season given the proliferation of wide players Chelsea possess in Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Pedro and Willian but I think we were brilliant.
4. The youngsters are taking their chances
While revealing he would give youth a chance as Chelsea boss, Lampard warned the youngsters in the club that they would have to prove they deserve a place in the team and some of them have responded.
Billy Gilmour has been impressive in our two pre-season games so far. Against Bohemians, he was the only player that stood out in the second half and he overshadowed Tiemoue Bakayoko in midfield against St Patrick’s.
Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham have also been impressive too. Kasey Palmer was okay against St Patrick’s and he would need to perform even better if he wants to be part of the first team this season.
5. Pressing is an important feature in Lampard’s tactics
In both pre-season games so far, we have noticed the team press high and aggressively with our full-backs pushing very high up the pitch when we had possession of the ball. Lampard wants transition to attack to be quick and he also expects the team to win back the ball quickly when we lose possession.