IMPORTANT TALK TACTICS: Frank Lampard is too ruthless … all chopping and changing hurts Chelsea
- Frank Lampard has the chance to finish in the top four with Chelsea
- However, all personnel changes hurt rather than help them
- He needs to complain less about the negatives and learn to love his players
The Chelsea season is at a crossroads. The finish in the top four is in their hands, but Frank Lampard must first fall in love with his players.
I worked for a year with the great Arsene Wenger in coaching and he had a golden rule. I remember he said to me: ‘Martin, in life it’s always easier to see people’s weaknesses than their strengths. Love your players, don’t hate them. ”
Lampard must now follow that advice. He has to turn a blind eye to the bad habits, the mistakes, the missed opportunities. Less complaining about those negatives and more looking ahead to what you can achieve together.
Frank Lampard is too ruthless at Chelsea, he has to fall in love again with his players
The whole season was chopped and changed to the back line for Chelsea
After their 2-0 loss against Manchester United on Monday, Lampard said their season is “starting now.” If that is the case, there must be a clean slate. They had their winter break and the Chelsea boss said last week that it was “good to get away from each other, charge and restart.”
Now it’s time for them to come together again.
Lampard was relentless with his team selections, seemed to take poor performance personally and drop everyone who disappoints him. He shot Kepa Arrizabalaga, the goalkeeper who cost £ 71 million, for 38-year-old Willy Caballero.
He has worked on his defense, using three and back four. Who are his first choice middle back? Kurt Zouma has started 18 Premier Leagues games, Fikayo Tomori 14, Andreas Christensen 13 and Antonio Rudiger 11.
So much chopping and changing can cause nervousness in the camp. It feels like there is no forgiveness with Lampard, but with a young group you get inconsistency. Christensen and Rudiger have started the last five league games – and managed to score only one out – but I would like to see Lampard stick to those two.
Lampard has adjusted Kepa Arrizabalaga, which cost £ 71 million, to 38-year-old Willy Caballero
Work with them, make them better. Do not call a problem area a “weakness,” such as their difficulty in dealing with crosses, call it a “development area.”
Lampard said earlier that his best performance this December was in Tottenham. There was an atmosphere of superiority over the visitors that day, with the side of Jose Mourinho seemingly surprised by the use of Lampard from a back three.
Rudiger was one of the starters and he is perhaps the most natural leader in the defensive ranks of Lampard, but it is true that he must be more dominant in his own profession. Harry Maguire became the last to make him better last week, on his way home to complete the United victory.
Lampard takes on Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, who won three in a row
That blew open the race for the Champions League. The fourth position remains in the hands of Chelsea – and we do not know what the potential European ban of City could mean for the fifth – but their form is a concern.
They lost their momentum and won only once in 2020. Now Mourinho returns as a Tottenham boss to Stamford Bridge, an area where he previously went to 77 unbeaten league games.
Lampard then manned his midfield, and the high standards that he set himself as a player can disrupt his thinking as a manager. It is great to set high goals, but you cannot expect young people to perform as consistently at the same level as you might have. They need time.