Chelsea Legend Explains Lampard’s Tactics

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Frank Lampard fields Chelsea in a 4-2-3-1 formation that also tends to take the shape of a 4-3-3.

Explaining Lampard’s tactics, Pat Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website:

“The system itself was bold once more, with Kante pushing forward from the right of the midfield and Mason Mount playing left midfield but attacking as often as possible. It was the Frank Lampard position of doing a box-to-box shift but most interested in the opposition box. The same players could easily shift from a 4-3-3, to a 4-2-3-1, to a diamond in midfield. The biggest problem wasn’t tactical in the end, it was the fact that we had to make some changes after the hour, but to be honest there were just too many tired players out there. Giroud, Jorginho and Pulisic were subbed but I would not have batted an eyelid if it had been Mason, or even N’Golo or Pedro. The latter two both had injuries to contend with to add to the tiredness. That is the game at the top level, and it is all about finding answers to these sometimes seemingly intractable problems.

“It is disappointing to have only one point after two games, so we are now desperate for a win in the next one. A start of one or two points out of nine would be the last thing Frank wanted.

“Fortunately there is a willingness to understand the difficulties and there is unlikely to be any real pressure coming from the stands in the short term, which really helps the players. In tough times having the Chelsea fans onside makes a huge difference. There was moment in the first half at the weekend when Kurt Zouma won a tackle, broke through another couple and started charging up the left wing. He lost it eventually but the fans roared not only their approval but also in that moment voiced their backing after Kurt had given away that penalty at United.”

Nevin believes that the team will be a stronger force if they can maintain the momentum they showed in the first 25 minutes against Leicester City.

He added: “There will be teething problems with the team, we all know that, but if we can simply extend that first 25 to 30 minutes a bit longer with each game, then very soon we will be a force to be reckoned with.”

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