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Despite being in charge of the Blues for less than two weeks, Frank Lampard has shown more flexibility than previous Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
Sarri had lots of positives during his time as Chelsea boss, guiding the Blues to a third place finish in the Premier League and Europa League success but one of his flaws during his time at the Bridge was his inflexibility.
Sarri set up Chelsea in a 4-3-3 formation during his time at Stamford Bridge and even when it didn’t work, Sarri would stick with it. There were several games last season when a change in formation could have helped the team but for Sarri, it was either the 4-3-3 or nothing.
In just two pre-season games as Chelsea boss, Lampard has shown he will be a flexible manager. He has already tried out three formations (4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 and the 4-4-2 diamond).
Lampard revealed after the 4-0 win over St Patrick’s that he wants his Chelsea team to be flexible.
Lampard said: “We want to be adaptable, we want to be able to change in game or for games. I want the players to be able to do that. We train that way; we train to be able to change things.
“We know where we’re at. We know we’re not bringing in any new players this year, so we need to find little ways in preseason [to gain an advantage].
“It’s good to test ourselves in the preseason in different ways and make it difficult for teams to play against us. […] As we get fitter, as the combinations get better, as we train more, hopefully, we’ll see more of that [first-half dominance].”
Lampard has always been a flexible manager, even during his time as Derby boss.
Here’s a statement from Lampard during his time as Derby boss:
“It (4-3-3) would be my preferred system, without a doubt, but I want us to be flexible. I don’t want it to be set in stone,” said Lampard.
Flexibility in formation will definitely help the team.