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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard named two different XIs for the game against St Patrick’s on Saturday, lining up in a 4-4-2 diamond formation for the first 45 minutes before switching to a 4-2-3-1 system after the interval.
For the first half, Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham played together up front and Lampard was full of praise for the strikers, despite neither striker scoring in the 4-0 win over St Patrick’s.
Lampard revealed after the game against St Patrick’s that both strikers displayed exactly what he wanted, energy off the ball as well as on the ball and quality.
Lampard wants Chelsea to play with intensity and with Batshuayi and Abraham playing with energy as he wants, could we see both strikers playing together for Chelsea this season?
“I thought Tammy (Abraham), in the first half, alongside Michy (Batshuayi) was very good,” said Lampard in an interview to Chelsea TV. “Between the two of them they have shown exactly what it is I want. Energy off the ball as well as on the ball and quality.”
“A big element was the performance, particularly in the first half. And the negative was we should have scored more goals!
“I thought that some of our build-up play and combinations from midfield in and around their box was fantastic. It was really enjoyable to watch, particularly the first half, so there’s positives.
“These games are important to win for the feeling but they’re also important for the lads to get every little bit out of it physically and how hard they work.”
The first half against St Patrick’s was our best performance in pre-season so far and that was achieved with Abraham and Batshuayi playing together up front but I doubt we would see Lampard play that way again due to the abundance of wingers we have at the club.
Would you want a front two of Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham?