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One key characteristic that has been noted under Frank Lampard’s regime as Chelsea manager is that the Blues are more of a team than individuals.
While the Chelsea players are brilliant individually, Chelsea’s current success stems from a team performance.
Chelsea have able to perform without N’Golo Kante for most parts the season, while the club’s best defender Antonio Rudiger has only played for 45 minutes this term. The Blues also did well without Jorginho in the game against Crystal Palace last weekend, and Reece James came in to replace Cesar Azpilicueta and put in a five star showing.
Indeed these are great times for Chelsea, bearing in mind that the Blues lost star man Eden Hazard at the end of last season.
Former Chelsea star Pat Nevin has spoken about the indispensability of players under current boss Frank Lampard.
Nevin said: “When changes have been made they have been at least as, if not more successful than we could have expected this season. Centre-back has been the most obvious example. Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori have brilliantly stood in for Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger who would have been presumed the obvious choices in August. Now there are no certain choices just about anywhere.
“As the fans surveyed that back-line of Reece James, Kurt, Fikayo and Emerson, there must have been a ripple of happiness though the stands. It is a young, quick and talented back four and most importantly every single one of them is improving.
“That clean sheet might have been almost as important as the three points when you consider the bigger picture going forward. An average age of less than 23 years is astounding for the Premier League, especially for the top four. Man City at the weekend were averaging nearly 28 years at the back and even Liverpool were over 26, including the youthful Alexander-Arnold.”