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The game between Tottenham and Chelsea at the Tottenham Stadium was won and lost on the bench.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard got his tactics spot on as he went for a 3-4-3 system that served Chelsea the Premier League title under Antonio Conte three seasons ago.
Lampard has hailed his players for carrying out the tactics properly and was pleased with the control of the game as well as the defensive shape of his side.
“The way we play it and the message I give is different,” Lampard pointed out after the game.
“It was more, can this be a system that helps us defensively and offensively against Tottenham, with the way they play? It was my choice to play it, not to do with whether the players understand it. The players took the plan on incredible well, as we all saw.
“Watching Tottenham, they’re playing very well, they have a lot of players who can run behind and cause you problems: Son, Kane, Alli, Moura. Having an extra centre-back gives you an element of protection against that, particular with the athletic centre-backs we have. They never got in on that pass today.
“But the most important factor in my thinking was what it could give us offensively, in terms of controlling possession. Tottenham defended quite compact, we needed to use the width of the pitch and wing-backs help you do that.
“We haven’t been clinical enough lately, and it allowed us to get Mason Mount and Willian slightly inside behind Tammy. We had an element of protection the way it worked. Also it allowed us to have loads of control of the ball. I’m so pleased with how it went.”
Should Lampard continue with the 3-4-3 system in further games?