TO UNDERSTAND the significance of Chelsea’s new-look assault, you need to return to Frank Lampard’s time at Derby.
What Lampard didn’t get sufficient credit score for throughout his spell with the Rams was how organised their collective press was.
Frank Lampard has impressed since taking cost of Chelsea in 2019Credit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
With the likes of Mason Mount and Harry Wilson, they pressed from the entrance and have been capable of spring their assaults from excessive up the pitch.
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That is now precisely what the likes of Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham and Hakim Ziyech are doing persistently and successfully for Chelsea.
While you carry within the quantity of gamers Chelsea did this summer time, it should all the time take time to regulate.
Frank did nicely to not simply throw all of them in collectively on the similar time.
And he’s now seeing the advantages, firstly on his defence.
Sure, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva have had their impacts, however the collective press, ranging from that entrance three, is the place all of it begins.
It’s why within the final eight video games in all competitions, they’ve saved six clear sheets. That could be a good base to work off of.
And after they do win the ball again, the embarrassment of riches they’ve up prime is lastly exhibiting.
The great thing about the gamers Frank has introduced in is they will assault in a lot of methods.
With the 4-3-3 that Frank appears to be settled with, Ziyech can sit deep and decide that go excessive, whereas Werner makes use of his tempo to get in behind or drag full-backs out.
Mount can capitalise on the latter, darting into the corridors created by Werner in between the full-back and the centre again.
And with Tammy, he confirmed simply what he can do with Chelsea’s first aim away to Rennes within the Champions League, dragging centre backs away from aim to create house in behind.
And to make it even more durable for defences, now that they’re all on the identical wavelength, they continually interchange and intertwine to select holes.
It’s much like what Manchester Metropolis did within the first few seasons beneath Pep Guardiola, and it’s working simply as successfully proper now too.
This Chelsea staff has extremely clever gamers, and in opposition to a facet like Tottenham beneath Jose Mourinho who’re prone to sit again, they’ve choices to tear you aside.
Chelsea’s Premier League squad
Full squad, in quantity order…
Andreas Christensen – homegrown
Tammy Abraham – homegrown
Fikayo Tomori – homegrown
Mason Mount – under-21
Callum Hudson-Odoi – under-21
Ben Chilwell – homegrown
Billy Gilmour – under-21
Reece James – under-21
Kai Havertz – under-21
Particularly with Werner and Ziyech, anticipate them to chop inside inbetween the again 4 and the midfield if Mourinho sticks with the low block that has been profitable for him.
However on the flip facet, arguably one of the essential gamers on the pitch can be that sitter within the midfield three, which is prone to be N’Golo Kante.
He has to stay connected to his two central defenders to cease Harry Kane dropping off and dictating the sport from deep.
Nullify him, and Chelsea’s entrance three may cause critical issues up the opposite finish.