Revealed: This Is When Lampard’s Team Will Take Shape

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Chelsea have played three competitive games so far this season under new boss Frank Lampard, but the Blues have been unable to get a win.

Chelsea started out with a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United, before losing to Liverpool on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup final. Chelsea were then held to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge against Leicester City.

Frank Lampard’s side haven’t yet clicked, and is still a work in progress.

Blues legend Pat Nevin has hailed the team’s start against Leicester City and believes Chelsea could easily have been 4-0 ahead after 20 minutes of play.

He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Frank Lampard’s welcome was as warm and as welcoming as we knew it would be, and the start to the game was stunning to say the least. The pace and the precision of the play was awesome and it was tempting to get carried away. I did however ask the question on my BBC commentary, ‘How long can Chelsea keep this pace up?’ It was almost long enough because had the score been 4-0 after 20 minutes it wouldn’t have been at all unfair.

“There was so much to admire: Giroud’s hold-up play including an exquisite back heel that almost gave N’Golo a goal; Jorginho biting into tackles and playing laser-guided forward passes; N’Golo his usual brilliant self, and Kurt Zouma attacking every ball and winning the lot. Mason Mount however was stealing the show and almost scored a couple of Lampard-like goals on top of the one he did tuck away after seven minutes. The second goal didn’t arrive and in reality the dip was always likely to come.

“Leicester couldn’t get a kick as they were overwhelmed by our work rate, especially in the midfield area, but the problem in retrospect was obvious – the trip to Istanbul. 120 minutes of high intensity work late into the night, in the stifling heat against the current European champions, followed by the morale killer of a penalty shoot-out defeat. Leicester players were probably lounging back in their armchairs at home watching our lad’s efforts and enjoying the rest as well as the game. It was a very good game and we were extremely unlucky not to win it.”

Nevin suggests that Lampard’s side will kick off after four or five games played.

He added: “So was that the only reason why we tired so obviously? In truth, it often takes four or five competitive games to get up to full match fitness no matter how many pre-season games you play. Three intense matches in eight days will help in the medium term, but the second half against Brendan Rodgers’s side will probably turn out to be the most physically demanding of the first part of the season.”

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