Frank Lampard finally set to unleash his favoured Chelsea tactic against Fulham
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said there has been one area he has been working on in training as he attempts to right the Blues ship after a poor run of form.
Chelsea’s run of one win in six matches in the Premier League has seen his side that were sitting pretty in top spot having beaten Leeds United fall down to ninth after a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.
During their poor run of form, a lot of focus was placed on the shoulders of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, two players who cost a combined fee north of £120million in the summer from the Bundesliga but were struggling to make an impact.
Both ended droughts in front of goal by netting in the FA Cup victory over Morecambe, a game you suspect they were selected for to find some confidence in front of goal.
Both lived up to their billing in the cup and the task is now to carry it on. Werner is more likely to start against Fulham on Saturday than Havertz is and for the striker, it’s a chance to show that he has regained his form.
Werner has been deployed on the left of the front three as well as through the middle, but the latter is where he is seen to be most effective. With Callum Hudson-Odoi making a strong case for regular starts and Hakim Ziyech back to fitness as well, centre forward appears to be Werner’s to lose at the moment.
Lampard was asked in his pre-match press conference on Friday about Werner playing as a central striker and the manager revealed that their near two weeks on the training ground as a collective has finally meant they have been able to work on something quite specific not just with Werner, but as a team.
“We are, and I pride myself on this as a manager, a good hard-working team off the ball which means a lot of high pressure,” Lampard said.
“And it’s very normal for Timo and the other forward players who have come in that it will take some time to get used to my ideas and their teammates’ ideas.
“We haven’t had time on the training pitch for that. That can only be done at full pace in training, to work on the high press. That’s why the last two weeks have been really useful.”
That high press is something that has been lacking, very noticeably against Manchester City when the visitors had the freedom of Stamford Bridge. In the aberration of the first half against Arsenal as well, there was no high press from the Blues.
Whether that is down to lethargy after a hectic period of games with players simply not having had the time to get used to Lampard’s style of play and what he wants is up for debate.
But having now had the time to implement his methods on the players who weren’t around for the fourth-placed finish last season, it’s set to be unleashed against Fulham.Not Downloading? Please Do This