Chelsea’s 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford was a bitter pill for new manager Frank Lampard as the result did not tell the true tale of the game.
The Blues dominated for large spells in the first half and were unlucky when they hit the woodwork twice from Tammy Abraham and Emerson. Chelsea were missing several key players at Old Trafford with N’Golo Kante playing less than 30 minutes.
After the game, the inquest began with most pundits agreeing that the former Derby County manager was naïve with his starting line-up. Despite the poor result at Old Trafford, it would be foolish for Lampard to rip off his playbook after the first game of the season.
Chelsea next game is the UEFA Super Cup clash against Liverpool on Wednesday. There have been memes online that the Blues could be in for a hiding. However, Lampard has the tools in his disposal to stop the rampant Reds.
He has shown the desire to play an expansive brand of football with the fullbacks staying high and wide to provide an extra body during the build up. This approach appears suicidal against a team like Liverpool but the Blues can actually make it work.
Manchester City showed during the Community Shield that you can give Liverpool problems if you play high balls behind the fullbacks.
Lampard can pounce on this weakness by utilizing Pulisic and Willian on the wings. Both players are quick and would be able to take advantage of any lapse of concentration from the opposing fullbacks.
Mason Mount suffered criticism for his display at Old Trafford but would be ideal in the number 10 position against Liverpool. He has energy and would be useful in beating the high press utilized by the Reds.
While it might be better if Lampard uses Kante and Kovacic in the midfield as Jorginho could be caught out on the ball.
The attack is where there could be changes as Liverpool would need a striker that can hold up play and engage other players. Tammy Abraham is ill-suited for this role with Olivier Giroud the best fit for the position.
The French international has shown his ability to link-up with players and can also pose an aerial threat for the Blues. Chelsea fans will be hoping that Lampard can crack the code before the game on Wednesday.
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