Chelsea legend feels ‘sorry’ for Blues summer signing and explains Lampard’s tactical predicament

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Chelsea legend Alan Hudson admits he feels sorry for Timo Werner after witnessing his struggles in this current Blues setup.

The outspoken former Chelsea midfielder has not held back in his assessment of manager Frank Lampard, whom he has criticised for getting himself into a tactical conundrum in the last few games.

Chelsea have leaked goals for much of Lampard’s reign, with the west Londoners having the worst defensive record in the top half of the Premier League table last season, and they suffered some embarrassing 3-3 draws with West Brom and Southampton at the start of this season as well.

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Speaking to CaughtOffside, Hudson explained that he thinks this has seen Lampard go too defensive in response, with Chelsea drawing 0-0 against Sevilla and then again against Manchester United at the weekend.

Lampard can’t seem to get the balance right, and Hudson believes it’s having a negative effect on a top attacking talent like Werner, with the former England international also laying into the CFC boss for being some way off Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp in terms of the way he sets up his team.

“Frank was desperate to stop conceding so set his stall out to do so, therefore not having a shot on goal at the other end for so long, and in 90 minutes less than any other match this season,” Hudson told CaughtOffside.

“He has now got himself into quite a predicament and is ‘stuck in the middle’. After two 0-0s he’s put himself in a very tricky situation as to how to go about future matches. The creativity was clear – there was none, and the whole team were tuned into keeping a clean sheet as a defeat would have been harmful.

“The strange thing is, even though they’ve been disappointing in drawing 3-3 against West Brom and Southampton – not title winning form – they would have been 3rd had they won. But that wasn’t his objective (against Man Utd) and he was fortunate that Solskjaer had the exact same idea.

“This was a case of two very under-pressure managers … Frank will have had a long hard night sleeping thinking what to do next.”

On Werner and Havertz, Hudson added: “They were both disappointing because this defensive formula was foreign to them. They are both forward thinking players and they must be thinking ‘How many do we have to score to win?’

Chelsea were not at their best in a 0-0 draw with Manchester United

“I feel sorry for Werner in particular, because he’s making some great runs but not being picked out or spotted. If that continues he might stop making them. I watched him against Southampton and for the last goal his head went down as much as to say ‘What have I got to do to be on a winning side?’ Almost every goal he has scored he has had to create himself which tells a story alone.

“It’s like Mane and Salah at Liverpool – if they make runs they get the ball, because that is how Klopp wants the team to perform going forward. Even after losing 7-2 (to Aston Villa) he hasn’t stopped playing the way that won them the Champions League and Premier League, and Frank is nowhere near that level of thinking. He continues to make excuses for mistakes from experienced players who are guilty of such defensive blunders.

“If that is so, he is not good enough for Chelsea’s bid for top honours. He got away with it last year because Liverpool ran away with the title and Arsenal, Spurs and United were poor … this time it will be different with Everton and Wolves improving and Spurs and Arsenal picking up again.”

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  1. Be honest lampard is not the right manager for Chelsea I think people try to ignore it but we all know we will get nothing with lampard this year
    Better to bring experience and a proper manager to help Chelsea before is to late

  2. Well done Mendy for the clean sheet we got a point but why this struggling attack didn’t find the back of the net? Lampard’s job is on line if he can’t start winning.

  3. Lampard should look at this struggling attack, in two games they are not finding the back of the net.

  4. I don’t know where he learn his coaching skill. He play players out of position to accommodate the English players. He have no idea of coaching. He must be sack and the team is going down because of him. We do have better players now but he want English players

  5. I just pray he should lose again so that they will sack him , cause I don’t think he will take us to anywhere . we have qualities players at the club but he still keep on telling us that they are not fully fit . believe I say ,if he plays our four front line we will always have hope of winning advise for him is that if he continue to play mount and jorgihno he will lose his job at blues

  6. Lampard is a confused coach who doesnt know how to manage star players, he only knows how to manage academy boys. I’m sure if Lampard has ronaldo or messi in his team, he will be confuse of how and when to use them, he might even play them out of position. He’s just inexperience.

  7. The more I look at Chelsea I see lampard is digging a bigger hole for himself unfortunately. The job is too big for him

  8. Chelsea need a motivator rather then investment. Great talent is already in club. Who best out them. Definitely not lampard. I think Chelsea need some one like klopp or flick. ( Best coach is that who take out best from good players). Very sorry to say Chelsea have more than good players but didn’t have coach who can take best out them

  9. they ignore it simply because he is:- 1. a legend 2. a local coach. remember the way they were tearing Sarri when his team was better than what we have seen from lampard.
    its all about tactics eg in crucial cup games against liverpool and tottenham he gave inexperienced players abraham and mount the deciding penalty kicks and all failed to convert thereby denying the team some silverware.

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