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Managers tend to use pre-season to boost players fitness ahead of the new season. While the primary aim might be to boost fitness after the holidays, managers also work on tactics and try to know their best players ahead of the new season.
For Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, he has been giving playing opportunities to everyone in the team, and surely a number of players have impressed.
Lampard’s main formation heading into the 2019/20 campaign is a 4-2-3-1 system, and there seems to be lots of competition in the middle of the park. Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are Lampard’s main choices for the double pivot role in midfield, but there’s a certain N’Golo Kante who isn’t back from injury, and Lampard will be faced with a difficult choice there.
In the attacking midfield role, Ross Barkley and Mason Mount have both been on fire, scoring goals and putting in top class performances. On Sunday against Reading, Barkley scored a fantastic free kick to Draw Chelsea level, while Mount capped a good performance with a brace.
One would wonder who will be Lampard’s choice ahead of the new season, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek also out injured. However, Lampard has revealed that they can both play together.
Lampard said after the Reading game: “It’s great to have Mason back, bringing his qualities; it’s great to see Ross in there, scoring an incredible free kick.
“Top players playing at their best. It’s a nice problem [selection] to have, but it doesn’t mean they can’t [also] play in the same team.”
Chelsea’s squad seems to be overpopulated, but Lampard has revealed that he will make some tough choices ahead of the new season.
Lampard said: “I wouldn’t say I’ve made decisions yet in terms of selection for those early games or what the squad looks like because that’s a line and I don’t want to draw that line just yet.
“There’s not a player who hasn’t pushed themselves and shown me everything but these are decisions I have to make.
“They’re not absolutely clear decisions but I’ll make them in due course.”