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A top manager is usually known not only for his tactics, but his ability to manage players, get results at all costs, build a strong team with the right character, man-manage his players and also to turn the game around when the chips are low.
In just two months into the new season with Frank Lampard the current manager of Chelsea, the new Blues boss has shown that he can be the one to break the jinx of facing the Roman Abramovich sack after a short time – no manager has lasted four years in the Abramovich era. At the moment, with the way Lampard has transformed Chelsea in such a short time, the ‘rookie manager’ is showing that he is a top boss and can go on to become one of Europe’s elite managers in the near future.
Lampard’s team has been on the rise playing top football and had won seven games on the bounce before the Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester United.
In the first half against Manchester United, Chelsea were a bit passive, slow and looked disinterested in the game as Manchester United played with more intensity and won the second balls as well as making it difficult for the Blues to pass out from the back.
United got the lead from the penalty spot in the first-half, and the onus was on Lampard to turn things around at the break, as it’s expected of every top manager – and he did.
Chelsea came out of the break on fire and the Blues were a different animal in the second half as Frank Lampard’s side played with more intensity, moved the ball quicker, pressed more and outdid Manchester United on every front. Surely, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was confused with what he was seeing, and just after the hour mark Michy Batshuayi scored a stunning goal to deservedly take Chelsea back into the game.
However, a 73rd minute wonder strike from Marcus Rashford killed the game, and it was au revoir from the Carabao Cup for Chelsea. But then, Lampard has passed on a message – he can transform games at half-time like every top manager should.
Young Chelsea defender Marc Guehi who was impressive in the game has revealed what Lampard told his players at half-time that changed the game.
The 19-year-old told ChelseaTV: “The defeat is a tough one to take after such a good run of form.
“But the most important thing is to bounce back and recover and go again in the Premier League.
We played well in spells of the game. At half-time the manager said to carry on what we were doing, keep moving the ball fast, but with a bit more intensity and a bit more zeal to our game.
“That is what we tried to do and we came out fast and we came out strong. Michy scored a fantastic goal for us but unfortunately we came away with a loss.”