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Frank Lampard was appointed as Chelsea manager early this month, and the Blues legend has started work already in the Chelsea dugout.
Lampard’s system for Chelsea is a 4-3-2-1, and this is likely what the team will be playing for most part of next season. Lampard has also been training the team in a 4-4-2 system, and it seems that the 4-4-2 will be Lampard’s alternate formation as Chelsea boss.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount could be hailed as the best player for Chelsea so far in pre-season as the young midfielder has been putting up top notch performances game after game in pre-season.
Mount was a second-half substitute in the 4-3 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium, and the Chelsea academy product scored a brace in that game.
Mount was pleased with the victory and revealed that the team has been working hard ahead of the new season.
“It was a good day because it’s a tough place to come to play and Reading started the game very well,” Mount reflected after the game.
“We had two teams in each half and everybody got some minutes so it was a good pre-season game and obviously we’re working hard in training to get ready for the season.”
Frank Lampard changed the entire team for the second-half against Reading and he also changed the system at the break, changing the team’s formation to a 4-4-2 with a midfield diamond in the second half.
Following the switch in tactics, there was more intricacy to Chelsea’s passing game, while Mount’s double added to earlier goals from Ross Barkley and Kenedy.
Mount has revealed that the new formation helped the team pass better in the second-half.
“The goals are going to come from different places and I want to contribute towards that from midfield,” said Mason.
“In the final third, it’s down to us to create and play freely. I think we did that in the second half and tried to combine in and around the box. In pre-season games, it doesn’t always come off but we’re working on it in training.”