Chelsea

Tactical tweaks Lampard should make to silence his doubters

 • by Adam Newson
Share:facebooktwitteremail
news now

The overreaction to Chelsea‘s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United was as irritating as it was inevitable.

Frank Lampard: fraud. Mason Mount: fraud. Tammy Abraham: fraud. Christian Pulisic: fraud. Chelsea: a bunch of frauds. Given the level of supposed deception at Old Trafford it is a surprise Manchester Police haven’t opened an investigation.

Unfortunately, this is modern-day football fandom. Every defeat a crisis. Players written off after just 90 minutes. Logic AWOL.

Yet those reasoned Chelsea supporters – those not influenced by the hyperbole created by social media and 24-hour television coverage – will know full well there is cause for optimism despite Sunday’s result.

The Blues were unfortunate, of that there can be no doubt. In the first half they were the better side. They moved the ball across the pitch with confidence, opened up the United defence on several occasions.

Even after Lampard’s side fell behind to Marcus Rashford‘s penalty, the visitors continued to threaten. That they didn’t finish one of these chances is of slight concern but nothing more at this stage.

Chelsea were naïve in the second period and played into United’s hands. The Blues committed too many players forward at 1-0 down, chased the game far too early. Lampard must – and will – learn from that.

“When it went against us, it went against us very quickly,” the Chelsea legend and now head coach admitted. “That is a lesson for my young team. It hurts but we shouldn’t let it consume us or affect us going forward. I have lost by a few goals here a couple of times. We will bounce back.”

related
content