These questions are as common as dirt: Does Lampard have a unique setup? If yes, what is it? Is his style effective? Are players under-performing? Is Kante ‘Sarried’ again?
Ignoring the fact that Lampard’s modern game has to be carried out by vastly under-engineered ‘tools’, his ideas have positively influenced the unreliable Chelsea players upfront.
Lampard has some elements that form his football belief, some even reflections of his previous managers’ respective styles.
GOAL INSTRUMENT #1: AGGRESSIVE HIGH PRESSING
The most consistent playmaker in the world, an aggressive high press could be used for both attacking and defending. However, it does take a great structured organization to be well executed.
An example of a well-executed pressing play is the build up to Mason Mount’s first official Chelsea goal. The beauty is, when Evans attempted the pass to Ndidi, Mount didn’t appear as his direct presser as he had Kante in sight. But in a blink of an eye, Mount in full pace behind him, thumped and stole the ball.
That’s the idea, to catch opponents off guard, unaware; give them the bliss of short passing and punish them.
HOW THE TOOLS ARE COPING
On this note, Mason Mount and Willian have been the best blues in this department, not ignoring Abraham. While Hudson odoi and Pulisic need to pull the socks up.
There are some attributes needed to perfect pressing organization, predominantly, pace, acceleration, stamina and work-rate.Tweet
GOAL INSTRUMENT #2: CROSSING + WIDE SPACES
Whipped, Float or Square: He loves crossing, to achieve this he adopted a system to stretch out opposition defence and make use of their wide spaces with the support of full backs.
The inside forwards or Wingers forms the deceptive act by roaming from their wide position to allow the full backs free in wide spaces. This could be achieved in three ways;
At Final third: IFs or Ws drop into central areas to draw opposition fullbacks out of wide areas, hence making Chelsea fullbacks free in space.
From Build up: IFs or Ws drop deep vertically, drawing opposition fullback with them allowing Chelsea full backs to run into space created.
CHO x RJ Way: This isn’t part of Lampard’s approach at derby but it is a pattern created by the duo perhaps due to CHO’s trait(Hug the sideline). When CHO is holding the ball in wide areas, Reece James tends to make an under-lap run between the LB and CB.
HOW THE TOOLS ARE COPING
Deception wise, It is clear that Pulisic has been the best player in the first two situations above. In terms of crossing? Clear as a mud, Easy! Reece james.
His other attacking element includes quick and direct passing, Long range shooting.
With every element of FL stating goals! goals!! goals!!! It shows he is on a mission to make Chelsea a lethal goal-scoring team. The engineer has a great idea sad he is not with the right tools at the moment
Credit: All Screenshot credit goes to Nouman