A new era, the first game under Frank Lampard. In this game, Chelsea sent out two sets of eleven players, one in each half, and there was a clear difference between the two teams.
Chelsea lineup (for the first half): Caballero, Azpilicueta, Ampadu, Guehi, Sterling, Gallagher, Drinkwater, Palmer, Kenedy, Pedro, Batshuayi.
Chelsea began with a formation of 4-2-3-1, with Ampadu playing in the deeper role next to Drinkwater, with Gallagher in the number ten role ahead of the. Azpilicueta played at Centre-Back with Guehi, with Sterling and Kenedy either side of him.
Chelsea began the first ten minutes with very quick football, with the ball never staying still and the movement being exceptional. We looked sharp and had some enthusiasm in our play.
In the 8th minute, Batshuayi scored in the box with a clinical finish after a nice dribble around the box from Kenedy.
Gallagher looked very composed on the ball, in fact was arguably our best player for the first thirty minutes, but lacked a bit of end product and looked tired towards the end of the first half. Ethan Ampadu also was one of the standout players, making some brilliant passes as well as a number of interceptions and tackles.
Azpilicueta and Guehi were strong at the back, with the Captain looking extremely comfortable on the ball and sharp when playing passes forward.
Kasey Palmer showed glimpses of the player which he was meant to be, but was unable to make a real impact on the game. For someone of the quality of Dujon Sterling, he also had an uninspiring match due to losing the ball a couple of times and lacking some composure.
At Half Time, Lampard made eleven substitutions, but the second half was not very exciting.
Chelsea lineup (for the second half): Cumming, Bakayoko, Zouma, Ugbo, Zappacosta, T.Chalobah, Piazon, Baker, Maatsen, Brown, Gilmour.
With the new team out in the second half, it was always going to be hard to continue with the press and level of football which was played in the first half.
The standout players were definetely Gilmour and Maatsen, with Gilmour making some brilliant passes as well as not being afraid to take a shot, one which hit the side netting and one which forced a good save from the keeper. Maatsen at Left-Back was inspiring, showing his pace as he ran up and down the pitch, as well as showing calmness when he was on the ball.
Lewis Baker also had some great moments, playing in a deeper role similar to Jorginho’s regista. Like Palmer in the first half, he showed some glimpses of the player he was meant to be a couple of years ago.
Although Chelsea were not in as much control of the game, it certainly did not look like Bohemians were going to score, but in the 88th minute they managed to score after a nice move and some sloppy passing in the midfield.
Ugbo, Zouma and Chalobah were unable to make an impact on the game, with Piazo and Brown really disappointing.
Chelsea finished the game 1-1. As much as the result is quite irrelevant, Lampard would have been excited by some of the plays during the match, and we can only improve.
Written by @acparee