It’s really tough to figure out if Frank Lampard is doing a good job, and even what criteria he should be judged on at the moment. He’s trying to introduce the younger players and has to work in the constraints of a transfer ban, but the results on the pitch haven’t been brilliant.
It would make more sense if he was trying to introduce an obvious system around certain players, but he keeps chopping and changing. He’s even gone for a line up that looks reminiscent of an Antonio Conte system for today’s game away to Wolves:
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 14, 2019
Clearly Kurt Zouma hasn’t impressed after being dropped to the bench, but it also looks like Willian will be used to support Abraham up front instead of Olivier Giroud. Perhaps Lampard is trying to match up against the system used by Wolves, but it’s fair to say these fans aren’t too impressed:
I don’t know about you but this is the worst Chelsea lineup I have ever seen. https://t.co/voeFTRg4Y0
— Aqib (@PrimeAqib) September 14, 2019
I screamed for joy until i saw Alonso thought we were going to actually avoid him ffs
— Alex (@CFCTransferBan_) September 14, 2019
How on earth is Willian even starting I wouldn’t even have him on the bench
— Josh Marshall (@calcot10) September 14, 2019
I have a feeling that Adama Traore is going to roast Alonso alive on the wing and I’m a Chelsea fan. ??
— Muhamad Yuri (@theyusri) September 14, 2019
Looks more like a Carabao cup line up. It’s huge game.. lose today and we have Liverpool next week. Won’t look good.
— Steven Johnson (@steviejay99) September 14, 2019
To be fair to Lampard he does have a few players injured so the return of Marcos Alonso might have forced him to go to a back three to accommodate him. The performance and result could give us a huge indication as to just how good a manager he really is.
If he gets his tactics spot on then it will go down very well with the Chelsea fans. The issue is that constantly changing your shape and personnel is the sign of a manager out of ideas and out of his depth. If that is the case so early in the season then the alarm bells should be ringing at Stamford Bridge.