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Bohemians trialist Eric Molloy scored a last-gasp equaliser to ensure Frank Lampard’s first game in charge of Chelsea ended in a 1-1 draw.
Michy Batshuayi scored the first goal of Lampard’s reign after eight minutes before Molloy’s equaliser.
Here are 6 things we learnt from the 1-1 draw against Bohemians:
1. Change in formation
Under Maurizio Sarri, the Blues used the 4-3-3 system with Italian midfielder Jorginho playing in the base of a three-man midfield. The game against Bohemians revealed Lampard will use the 4-2-3-1 formation, a system he used at Derby. Lampard fielded different XIs in each half, but both stuck to the formation.
2. Danny Drinkwater might have a future at the club
With Lampard opting for a double pivot in midfield, Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater might have a future at the club after failing to make a competitive appearance for the Blues last season under Sarri.
3. Lampard demands high press
The game against Bohemians also offered a clue of Lampard’s desire for the players to press high. We saw the players try to win back the ball early but they couldn’t keep the intensity for long periods. As they get fitter, the press will definitely improve.
4. Slick and sharp going forward
When in attack, the Blues looked slick and sharp, playing with an attacking intent fans will enjoy. Lampard wants transition from defence to attack to be quick but some players tended to slow down play too often by taking too many touches. When the players really get used to how Lamps wants the team to play, we will see an exciting Chelsea team.
5. Chelsea have lots of youngsters with huge potentials
Lampard fielded lots of youngsters in the game against Bohemians and some of these youngsters stood out. 18-year-old Ethan Ampadu looked composed in the middle. In 18-year-old Billy Gilmour and 19-year-old Conor Gallagher, Chelsea have two No10s with real potential. Defenders Ian Maatsen, 17, and Marc Guehi, 18, also impressed.
6. Lampard is adored by Chelsea fans
The game against Bohemians showed Lampard is adored by Chelsea fans. Fans reserved the biggest cheer for him when the team stepped off their bus in the pouring rain and he was still being serenaded after the match, to the point where he struggled to conduct his post-match interview.
Source: Standard Sports