Why Lampard should be blamed for 3-3 draw against Southampton

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It’s so easy to blame Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and Kurt Zouma for the dropped points against Southampton on Saturday but Chelsea boss Frank Lampard should be receiving all the criticisms from fans.

It’s sad that after more than a year as Chelsea boss, we are still complaining about Lampard’s management of the team.

Chelsea had two strikers, Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, on the bench against Southampton but Lampard left out Mateo Kovacic.

Having two strikers on the bench and leaving out Kovacic, who can be very useful from the bench, made no sense.

Chelsea led 2-1 at halftime but it was obvious for everyone to see that Chelsea struggled as Southampton’s pressing intensity increased. Jorginho and N’Golo Kante were overwhelmed in midfield by Southampton’s press and the game needed a midfielder like Kovacic who could easily beat a press by dribbling past a player.

With Chelsea struggling in midfield, the game needed a switch from 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3 to ensure we had more numbers in midfield. Yet Lampard was too slow to react, persisting with a 4-2-3-1 system that brought great joy in the first half but malfunctioned upon the restart.

Kovacic took a full part in a rigorous warm down with the unused subs after the game, indicating that he was not carrying an injury, so it’s surprising he wasn’t on the bench.

Lampard has himself to blame for Chelsea’s dropped points against Southampton.

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7 Comments on "Why Lampard should be blamed for 3-3 draw against Southampton"

  1. It’s unfortunate Lampard is increasingly proving he’s not the right guy for the job. It’s either he’s ”angry in victory” or ”happy in defeat’… not realizing the problem lies with his selection and game plan, week in, week out, the team is showing inconsistency of result..the very manifestation of immaturity of a coaching experience?

    No doubt as a player, Franky won almost everything for the club and remains as a super legend, but the way things are going, it appears he might be a great coach for the club -at least, not for now. Unless he’s ready to let go of his obsessions with the the use of some players and the kind of questionable substitutions he usually makes…

  2. It’s unfortunate Lampard is increasingly proving he’s not the right guy for the job. It’s either he’s ”angry in victory” or ”happy in defeat’… not realizing the problem lies with his selection and game plan, week in, week out, the team is showing inconsistency of result..the very manifestation of immaturity of a coaching experience?

    No doubt as a player, Franky won almost everything for the club and remains as a super legend, but the way things are going, it appears he might not be a great coach for the club -at least, not for now. Unless he’s ready to let go of his obsessions with the use of some players and the kind of questionable substitutions he usually makes…

  3. Lampard has been in charge with this team for more than a year but has been unable to set up his defense. I personally see nothing wrong with Chelsea defenders. They will walk in most of the EPL teams as first choice defenders. Its how Lampard wants them to play out of defense that most of the time lands them into trouble. Its as if they are not supposed to boot the ball out of the defensive third of the field but must find their players at all cost. You notice that they hesitate in defense to kick the ball out even when they are being pressed by their opponents and sometimes loose the ball in the process. The obsession to pass to Kepa is costing the team goals so why repeat the same mistakes match after much. It means the coach is insisting it must be done and must take the full responsibility. He should know that if this continues it may cost him his job.

  4. He is obsessed with Mason Mount.

  5. Kiura Kabiri | October 19, 2020 at 11:28 am |

    Lampard argument has been one, prove in training but even those who prove in training arent performing during game time.
    I wonder why of all people Tomori still seats on the bench behind Christensen. Tomori is quick and fearless he should at least be playing. Same case with Rudiger.
    Also, Lampard’s constant shuffling of his centre backs is questionable. 15 Months down the line he never has mastered the best of his defenders. Great managers always have a regular centerbacks. Look at his time it was Terry & Carvalho or Terry and Alex/ Terry & Luiz/ Terry& Cahill.

  6. Bertinus Bagbin | October 19, 2020 at 11:37 am |

    Lampard ought to realize how badly he’s hurting us the teaming fans out there, near and far. He’s too obsessed with Mason Mount.

    Why play Pulisic out of position just because Mount has to play? The natural right winger in the person of Ziyech was ready and able for play yet you put him on bench and placed Pulisic in that position in order to make way for Mount as left winger, a natural position for Pulisic.

    Clearly, his bias for Mount will soon prove to be his nemesis. Well, a word to the wise is enough.

  7. Be honest all know that franck lampard is not qualified to led chelsea yet ,he has no experience and no knowledge chelsea is to big for lampard pls stop blame players and quickly get someone better than lampard…pochetino or allegri….thx

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