Since Chelsea’s Premier League season kicked off last month, fans have been treated with some exhilarating moments. Head Coach Frank Lampard has started his season with some attractive beautiful football, while also maintaining a key focus in Chelsea’s youth.
Here is a recap of the drama that has already happened so far…
Manchester United 4 – 0 Chelsea (Old Trafford, 11th August)
Chelsea’s start to the season was a weird one. Despite showing an attractive brand of football full of energy, the team still ended up losing miserably at Old Trafford. Some argue the result is all that matters, but this game highlighted something much more important to Chelsea; patience. It was clear that fans were not reacting to the beating as negatively as they were accustomed to.
This somewhat surprising response originated from two key facts. One, Lampard will have patience and backing from fans. It is clear Chelsea were at a disadvantage in the summer and some of that pity has given Lampard more breathing space. How much more is still to be known. Second, attractive football. It was clear that Lampard was showcasing the type of football Sarri was imagining too and this gave some fans peace of mind.
Chelsea 1 – 1 Leicester City (Stamford Bridge, 18th August)
Chelsea’s first game at home also ended up being an eventful evening. Mason Mount, a fan favourite, notched his first Premier League goal and the response was outstanding.
However, it was clear Chelsea was very shaky at the back. Lampard’s tactical play offensively was effective but it left his defence incredibly vulnerable, allowing players from The Foxes such as James Maddison to rip apart the backline.
Fortunately, Chelsea only managed to concede a goal and achieve a point. Willian also had made a late cameo in the game but proved he was nowhere near good enough for the starting squad by slowing down many of his teammates. Another tough day for Lampard’s Blues, but still a promising one.
Norwich City 2 – 3 Chelsea (Carrow Road, 24th August)
The game against Norwich City at Carrow Road brought forward another Chelsea youngster’s fabulous performance. Tammy Abraham, Chelsea’s new number nine, made all Chelsea fans forget the terrible luck that number has carried with many players in recent memory. Hopefully, this being a sign of fresh hope and of things to come.
Once again it was a defensive meltdown at times, but it was clear Chelsea were improving. It was also positive to see the team spirit rise every time they conceded. The energy was maintained at a very high level for most of the game and it looked a better Chelsea side. The defence still needs much work, but going forward, Lampard’s young side showed the potential that is clearly there. Ross Barkley also got called up at the last minute due to Pedro’s injury in the pre-match warm-up, but he failed to make any sort of impact.
Chelsea 2 – 2 Sheffield United (Stamford Bridge, 31st August)
Chelsea’s second outing at home ended up being not nearly as comfortable as they had hoped.
After dominating the first 40 minutes, the team conceded thanks to some poor defending from the likes of Kurt Zouma and the declining club captain, César Azpilicueta. This was then done again late into the game and Chelsea ended the day with one point, with it feeling like a defeat in fact in the end.
The team again showed they can maintain their high energy but also highlighted their ineffectiveness in breaking down teams who have ten players behind the ball.
This is how many teams also set up against Maurizio Sarri’s side last season, proving that Lampard will have to change some ideas if he wants better results. Overall, another disappointing day for Chelsea at home.
Chelsea have had an explosive yet disappointing start to their campaign. Five points in four games is not a start Chelsea would want, especially compared to the 100% start they had at the same point last season.
Lampard desperately needs to fix his defensive woes and hopefully the international break will serve as a perfect opportunity to reassess his plan, finding a way to make the defence more of a priority.
The likes of Antonio Rüdiger, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all expected to make full recoveries from their respective injuries any day now and will be an added bonus to the team.
We now wait to see what ‘type’ of Chelsea turns up on Saturday against Wolverhampton Wanderers…