Kepa Arrizabalaga aims dig at ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard’s ‘not so elaborate’ tactics
Kepa Arrizabalaga targets ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard’s ‘not so elaborate’ tactics… with the keeper claiming the Blues played with ‘less control’ than they do under Thomas Tuchel
- Kepa Arrizabalaga has claimed Frank Lampard’s tactics were ‘not that elaborate’
- Lampard, now Everton manager, was sacked by the Blues in January 2021
- Arrizabalaga said Chelsea are now playing with ‘control’ under boss Thomas Tuchel
Kepa Arrizabalaga has given a scathing assessment of former boss Frank Lampard’s tactical nature during his time as Chelsea manager.
The goalkeeper revealed that he has had to adapt his style since Thomas Tuchel took over after Lampard was sacked in January 2021, claiming Lampard’s approach was much simpler and looser.
“We came from a not so extensive game (with Lampard),” said Arrizabalaga marca† “We didn’t have to grab the ball from behind, less planned play, more (about) the player’s free expression, back and forth and less control.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (left) lashes out at Frank Lampard’s (right) ‘not so elaborate’ football tactic
Lampard was sacked as Chelsea manager in January 2021 after a string of horrendous results
“With Tuchel we are back under control. It is true that we were not close to the top two in the Premier League, but in the other tournaments we were very competitive.’
Arrizabalaga was Lampard’s No. 1 for the 2019-20 season until Edouard Mendy took the position after his arrival in September.
Chelsea had a notoriously poor defensive record under Lampard before his sack, with the club taking just seven points out of a possible 24 and conceding 10 goals in five league games.
Kepa said he had to change his style to play with more control under Thomas Tuchel (left)
Tuchel saw an astonishing improvement on the defensive line, with Chelsea conceding the fewest goals and claiming the most clean sheets in the Premier League that season since the German’s arrival.
While he seems to approve of more of Tuchel’s methods, the Spaniard has failed to regain first place at Chelsea and indicated he is open to moving elsewhere to return to first-team football.
“At the moment I am a Chelsea player, but what I am sure of is that I want to play more,” said Arrizabalaga.
“In the end, it’s the coach who decides. What you should give him are the maximum possible reasons for him to choose you. I like to train, do my best every session, take care of myself and I’m ready when the coach calls me.’
Now Everton boss, Lampard has overseen a revival at the Merseyside club that helped them escape relegation last season.
Kepa has lost the number 1 shirt to Edouard Mendy (left) and said he wants to play regular football