Football Coach Reveals The Biggest Mistake Lampard Is Making As Chelsea Manager

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Frank Lampard is yet to get a first win as the manager of Chelsea. After three games played, it’s been one league defeat which ended 4-0, a penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup final and then a 1-1 draw with Leicester City.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is being put under pressure, with many pundits claiming that the Blues won’t make top four under Lampard’s guidance.

Former QPR and Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway believes that Lampard’s biggest mistake as Chelsea manager is trusting youngsters too much. Holloway believes that a successful team should have a balance between youth and experience.

“The problem is the exciting young lads I wanted to see at Chelsea, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi – they’re injured,” Holloway said on talkSPORT.

“Frank has nailed his intentions to the mast [about giving youth a chance] and what’s very difficult is you need a blend of senior and young and inexperienced players.

“You need the enthusiasm of fearless legs running around everywhere, and we saw that at the start against Leicester, but you always need that game management.

“When you have an experienced fella in your midfield area, like Kante, he was almost on his own when Jorginho when off. I was really surprised Jorginho went off and he left Mount there.

“Mount has done really well and I really like him, but hang on a minute, you’ve got to get your more experienced players on. If you look at his substitutions, he took off experienced players and left kids in there.

“I swear to you, in the end your experienced ones aren’t going to have that, they’re either going to want to leave or they will start falling out with the young ones and the manager.

“It’s about getting the blend right and they aren’t enough senior players, especially at the back. They’re missing Rudiger like you wouldn’t believe. They left too much grass in behind and another five minutes and Vardy would have scored.

“Chelsea aren’t what we want them to be because Frank can’t select from those great young players, like Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi, and it’s about getting that main team and the balance right.”

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