Three reasons why Chelsea must not lose optimism despite 4-0 loss to Man Utd
Chelsea were unable to do much in the recently concluded summer window due to a transfer ban.
The only highlight, however, was the appointment of Frank Lampard as their new manager. The fact that he is one of their most celebrated former players did cause a lot of excitement in and around Stamford Bridge but the choice to do so is rather debatable.
After all, Maurizio Sarri did not do a bad job last season as they won the Europa League and finished in the top-four.
Regardless, the decision to appoint Lampard was met with notable joy from the fans. Unfortunately for the club though, Chelsea slumped to a 4-0 opening day defeat at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford.
To be fair, it was a shoddy display from the Blues and they seriously looked like they lacked cohesion in numerous instances. Despite that, here are 3 reasons why the west London outfit must not lose optimism with Lampard at the helm.
Lampard and his trust in youngsters
After running a well-drilled team filled with budding youngsters at Derby County, expectations were rife that he would do the same at Chelsea. Of course, the transfer ban played a role but Lampard stuck true to his style on the opening day and it was evident.
He handed starts to a lot of starlets but Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham were the ones who stood out. Abraham got close to scoring a goal in the initial few minutes while Mount excelled in a free role and was crucial in counter-attacking situations.
Although the loss was disheartening, Chelsea have a lot of reasons to be excited as far as their young players are concerned.
The Blues may have failed to take their chances but there was a multitude of chances created by the visiting side. They started the game on the front foot and showed flashes of brilliance even as the home side faltered on certain occasions.
Chelsea’s attackers certainly made United’s defenders work hard and it was by no means an easy win for the Red Devils. They had to fight tooth and nail to win the game and if only Lampard’s men were able to convert their chances into goals, the result would have been very different.
Chelsea’s midfield trio
While Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay often squandered the possession away in dangerous areas, the likes of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic were calm and composed.
They put up a tough fight and dominated the proceedings in the middle of the park without a shadow of a doubt.
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Lampard needs to head back to the drawing board and tweak his tactics a tad bit but once Kante returns to the starting XI, Chelsea’s midfield is bound to be unstoppable.