The stage was set as Frank Lampard returned to Stamford Bridge to manage his first home game for Chelsea as they hosted Leicester City. The fans were buzzing because it was time for Frank Lampard’s home debut as Chelsea manager. Chants of Super Frank were being sung all around the stadium. Banners of Welcome home Super Frank were in the Matthew Harding Lower. It was a day all Chelsea fans were looking forward to. The best way to celebrate Frankie’s return to Chelsea would be by getting a win over Leicester.
Frank Lampard chose a very similar lineup that played against Liverpool in the Super Cup. The only change was that Kovacic was rested and Mason Mount started the game instead of him. Chelsea started the game in brilliant fashion. 2 minutes into the game and Pedro almost found the back of the net. His volley hit the side netting, and the fans almost started to celebrate as they thought the ball ended up inside the back of net. A few minutes later Mason Mount’s shot was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, and the follow up almost got to Pulisic but the ball was cleared out of danger in time.
It was a fascinating start by Chelsea, just what the fans and the manager wanted to see. On the 7th minute Mason Mount intercepted Ndidi and scored a brilliant goal to give Chelsea the lead, his first goal in Chelsea blue. A perfect way to mark his home debut for his boyhood club. Chelsea were all over Leicester. Mount almost doubled Chelsea’s lead but his header was aimed straight at the keeper. N’Golo Kante came close to scoring the 2nd goal of the game but his shot was blocked.
The game hit the 25 minute mark and Chelsea started to drop off a bit. They become sloppy and Leicester started to come back in the game. The HT whistle blew and Chelsea went into the break with a narrow lead. Chelsea had to focus and not lose concentration in the second half in order to get the win.
The second half began and Chelsea were on the back foot. Leicester started the second half in the same way Chelsea started the first. In the 67th minute, the man who was a villain suddenly turned into a hero as Ndidi headed the ball into the back of the net from a corner. Another set piece which Chelsea could not defend. He was left unmarked and scored a brilliant header to bring the visitors back into the game. James Maddison missed a glorious chance to give Leicester the lead as he failed to hit the target from a close distance. Leicester had Chelsea on the back ropes and were unfortunate not to be in front while the he Chelsea defence could not handle Maddison. Chelsea struggled a lot in the second half but in the end they were very fortunate to walk out with a point because quite frankly, Leicester deserved to get the win.
It felt great. It was obviously a big special moment for me. It’s the stuff of dreams and for me a huge thing. I certainly appreciate it but I’m here to do a job and we can do better than we did today.’Lampard on his return to Stamford Bridge
Frank says the first 25 minutes were how he wants his team to play, but admits we weren’t good enough in possession after that.
What’s next for Chelsea?
After another disappointing result, Lampard still awaits his first win for Chelsea. Although they played brilliantly for the first 25 minutes and got an early goal, Chelsea still failed to convert their chances. Poor defending from another set piece gave Leicester the equaliser. Chelsea don’t learn from their mistakes at all. Players like Willian are not good enough who came on and was very poor. Chelsea were very lucky to come away with a point. All we need to do as fans is be patient. We have to trust Lampard because he has come at a very difficult time. Chelsea play Norwich away from home on Saturday and it will be another difficult game but we have to be ruthless in order to get the win.
UP THE CHELS!