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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard rooted out a surprise 3-4-3 system to beat Tottenham on Sunday, and many have urged the Blues boss to continue with the system after its success against Spurs.
Prior to the Tottenham game, Chelsea were struggling for form, but the Blues put up a dedicated performance and even kept a clean sheet in the process against Tottenham.
Ahead of the Boxing Day clash against Southampton, Lampard has admitted that he’s not going to stick with 3-4-3 for every game, insisting that it’ll depend on the team he’s facing.
The Chelsea manager told the media: “We’ve played it a few times, and we’ve gone to it in games. It can work. The reason we played it against Tottenham was because we had a good look at Tottenham and how they play, and I thought it was the best way for us to play.
“I spoke to the staff a lot last week, we worked in training a lot last week, and it did work. It’s certainly something we can use and we can see how we go going forward.”
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho refused to give credit to Frank Lampard for outclassing him tactically and instead suggested Chelsea were better only because Lampard copied Antonio Conte’s formation.
“They were better than us in the first half. It is not difficult for me to admit it,” Mourinho told reporters.
“They played in a system they are very comfortable with. A system they played for two years with Antonio Conte. Lots of their players are very comfortable with it.
“It’s easy for me to admit they were superior. But you look to the goals and they are not a consequence of any superiority.
“The first goal is a short corner with a big mistake. We know how to defend short corners, we train how to deal with short corners. The players involved were not focused.”