Over the weekend, Liverpool kept a date with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for a Premier League match. Unfortunately for the Blues, the match ended in frustration as Liverpool ran away 2-0 winners. Consequently, Frank Lampard has come under criticism for the loss.
Chelsea FC has been the busiest amongst the Premier League top six clubs in the transfer market. In the process, Chelsea has spent a whopping 200 million pounds bringing six players to the Bridge. Expectedly, fans want to see an improved squad as a result of this investment.
Christensen’s first-half red card changed the complexion of the game. Before that, the game hanged in the balance with the two sides enjoying spells of possession. Once the red card was shown, the balance of play tilted favourably to the Jurgen Klopp tutored side. A second-half brace in a space of five minutes by Mane settled the game in favour of Liverpool.
In the meantime, fans have questioned the decision to start Timo Werner up front in place of Olivier Giroud. A cross-section of the fans suggested that lack of Premier League experience will hinder the performance of Werner. Werner’s talent is not in question. In a massive match like this, a veteran of the League like Giroud fits best.
Moreover, Giroud’s exceptional hold-on-play and his physical presence will cause problems for the Liverpool defence. Lampard worsened things when instead of Giroud, he brought on the ineffective Abraham in the second half.
In another development, the inexperience of Chelsea’s central defence was laid bare by that brilliant incisive run of Mane. This also got fans talking about letting David Luis go to Arsenal. The fans rued the absence of a seasoned central defender and blamed it on Lampard for selling Luis. Although Lampard has brought in Thiago Silva from PSG, an experirncrd central defender, yet the Brazilian could not start as the match proved too soon for him.
The middle of the park is another area the former England player got his decisions wrong. Lampard decides to play three defensive-minded midfielders and push Ngolo Kante into an advanced position and it backfired. As a result, Kante got two chances to score but failed. A lack of predatory instincts of a striker failed him.
Consequently, Chelsea lacked creativity going forward and as a result could only muster three shots on target in the match. They also had only 38 per cent possession of the ball. The backlash against Lampard in my opinion is right because his tactics played against his team.