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Frank Lampard had kick-started his career as Chelsea manager, and the Englishman got off to a draw in his opening Chelsea pre-season game as Irish side Bohemians held the Chelsea manager to a 1-1 draw.
Lampard fielded a very young side for this game as the majority of the players were youngsters who have graduated from the Chelsea academy, and a couple of those youngsters gave a good account of themselves.
These are some of the things we noted from Lampard’s tactics in his first Chelsea game:
1. While Maurizio Sarri used a 4-3-3 system all through his time as Chelsea boss, but Lampard lined Chelsea in a 4-2-3-1 system.
2. Going forward, we are beginning to see a glimpse of just how Lampard wants his side to play. The Chelsea side looked slick and sharp, playing with an attacking intent as they moved the ball quickly, except for a couple of players who tended to dally long on the ball. Lampard’s offensive style is quick attacking movement and the Chelsea players tried to play that way.
3. For Sarri, Jorginho sat at the base of a three-man midfield and was solely responsible for bringing the ball out from the back. Lampard, however, opted for a double pivot, with Danny Drinkwater and Ethan Ampadu starting the game deep in midfield.
4. Press as a unit. Lampard expects his side to press as a unit and we saw that against Bohemians. The Chelsea team pressed with hunger and were keen to get back the ball as quickly as possible.
5. Lampard isn’t scared to play youngsters. A bulk of Lampard’s side on Wednesday night was youngsters as Lampard fielded the club’s young players in both halves.
Although Chelsea couldn’t get a win against Bohemians, Lampard revealed after the game that the game was about fitness.
Lampard said: “Fitness was our issue, obviously. We’ve been working them hard and worked them hard this morning, I wanted to stretch them and put them under pressure a bit as that’s what pre-season is all about.
“The quicker we get to the level we want the better for us. It was good competition for us, we would have wanted the win obviously as you always do but it’s not about that at this point, it’s about individuals getting fit and pushing themselves to the limit and I thought some of the performances, particularly from the young lads were really good.”
Up next for Lampard is against Irish side St Patrick’s on Saturday.