Why changing to 4-2-3-1 isn’t the solution for Chelsea

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has recently been advised to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation to get the best out of Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz.

According to codeswinwars, a Chelsea fan on Reddit, switching to a 4-2-3-1 won’t automatically solve Chelsea’s problems.

“It’s surprising to me how many people don’t get this,” the fan wrote.

“A midfield three on the team sheet doesn’t mean that the midfielders will all play as orthodox No 8s. De Bruyne is technically a No 8 for City, Eriksen technically played as a No 8 for Spurs a lot of the time, but both act primarily as No 10s when they have possession.

“Lampard himself as a player was one of the most effective ever at finding space between the lines to create a threat, it shouldn’t surprise people that it’s what he wants as a manager.

“The reason Mount and Havertz are ineffective a lot of the time has less to do with their positions and more to do with the team’s inability to move the ball fast enough to open up space for them to operate in. You need to pass incredibly well to open up Premier League teams before they can get into shape, and we don’t. That leads to Havertz and Mount dropping deeper to pick up the ball.

“No amount of pushing them forwards would open up space if the passing game isn’t there to support it, so switching to a 4-2-3-1 or whatever isn’t a solution if it doesn’t come with a wider rethink on how players operate.”

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