Chelsea’s 5th pre-season game was a chance to get a runout against a team who are just six days away from the start of their season, with Reading’s Championship fixtures getting underway next Saturday.
The first half saw Lampard play a team including the likes of Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Zappacosta and Kenedy who were all given another opportunity to impress. Only Kenedy showed any sort of quality as he scored a long range goal, after Barkley had opened Chelsea’s scoring with a stunning free kick.
Drinkwater looked ok, but when you look at the midfield options at the club, there’s no way he’ll be getting chances. Zappacosta was poor once more, in both defence and attack, and left fans begging for Reece James to return to full fitness. Yet again, Bakayoko’s performance left you wondering how he’s a professional, and feeling sympathy for Marina Granovskaia who hasn’t got much time to find him a new club.
The second half saw a much improved performance, at least in attack, with Mason Mount grabbing himself two goals as he linked up well with Abraham and Batshuayi.
Barkley had another good performance today, after impressing against Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona, and scored a fantastic free kick. He looks much more comfortable in the no.10 role as opposed to where he was last season, which is no fault of Sarri. He just looks more confident further forward, and you can see it in his passes and the shots he’s taking on.
The young academy graduate impressed yet again and his two goals were from him pressing high up the pitch, as Lampard likes his team to do. His passing range is fantastic and he made some great contributions further up the pitch. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lampard getting him the team alongside Barkley against Man UTD.
There was again, a clear sign of Lampard’s style, more so in the second half, where the pressing from the front was evident. Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have impressed me most in that respect, with goals being forced from the pressing in both this game and against Barcelona.
There was a real problem defensively today, especially from set pieces. It’s something that we struggled with last season, and it’s a problem that Lampard needs to sort out quickly if we want to have any chance of keeping clean sheets.
Overall, it was a decent game, where players gained fitness and I’m sure Lampard has a clearer idea of his team for Man UTD now, and which players won’t be making the squad for the new season.