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Chelsea take on Liverpool in Istanbul on Wednesday night in the Super Cup, Frank Lampard’s second competitive game in charge of the club.
Lampard suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, in his first competitive game in charge of the Blues.
Ahead of the game against Liverpool on Wednesday, former Liverpool player Stan Collymore has urged Lampard to ditch his attacking philosophy and be more pragmatic.
“Sunday was a welcome to the big league for Lampard and a reminder that to really succeed you have to have the two Ps — philosophy and pragmatism,” Collymore wrote in Daily Mirror.
“It’s all well and good saying, ’We want to play, we want to be open, keep the ball, be brave, be this and that’.
“Don’t get me wrong, we want teams to take risks and be positive because football is part of the entertainment industry after all.
“But football law dictates you must, must, must take care of business in your own half if you want to finish in a good position in the league and Chelsea didn’t do that for the entirety of the game on Sunday.
“For the first 20 minutes, they were very good, they popped the ball around beautifully, they looked as though they were playing with confidence.
“But when United took the lead, they lost confidence.
“And it doesn’t matter whether you’re a promoted team or a young team that has been put together at an established Premier League club, you have to protect youngsters’ confidence by being pragmatic because they will have never been in this position before.
“That pragmatism needs to be in place particularly away from home against teams which have the potential to hurt you, and we’re only talking seven or eight teams realistically who can do that to Chelsea.
“Lampard will know Liverpool are a step up from United and I fully expect Chelsea to keep possession and, while not parking the bus, be much cleverer and look to keep a lot more of the ball in their own half to take the sting out of Liverpool.
“If they don’t, if they are open, Liverpool will tear them a new one and the scrutiny will intensify.”