First of all congratulations to all Chelsea fans, Kai Havertz is finally a blue! With him now in the squad, we have a plethora of options in attack. The likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount will all be a big part of the next campaign, with Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi providing some much needed squad
So let’s just have a look at the possible formations/lineups Lampard can use to get the best out of these players.
This is the formation Chelsea lined up in at the start of the previous season. For a while there, it looked like this was going to be Lampard’s preferred system and it still could be. Setting up this way, Chelsea can operate with a front 4, with Pulisic on the left, Ziyech on the right, Havertz in the attacking midfield (number 10) position and Werner playing upfront. Havertz will operate as a second striker in this system, often linking play and creating goal scoring opportunities for everyone around him. The dynamism in this attack is also something to take note of.
The entire front 4 can interchange and play each other’s positions. Ziyech can drift in and take up the number 10 role with Havertz moving on the right. Similarly, Werner can drift wide on the left, playing off Havertz. Tammy Abraham can also excel in the role of playing upfront on his own, Hudson-Odoi can provide competition to either Pulisic on the left flank or Ziyech on the right and the likes of Mason Mount, Ruben
Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley can all deploy in that number 10 position if needed.
This is another system which was used on a numerous occasions last season, specially in the big matches, with a mixed bag of results. With an overhaul in attack, this formation can get the best out of multiple players in our side. A front 3 of Pulisic, Werner and Ziyech will be tough to handle for any team because of the pace, trickery and creativity of all three individuals.
Werner and Pulisic are two attackers with immense pace, who love running along the lines. Ziyech can get the best of those two by creating chances for them with his long passes and crosses. Havertz will be deployed as an advanced attacking number 8, with Mason Mount or Kovacic being the other 8, who plays a bit deeper and focuses more on progressing the ball forward rather than creating goal scoring chances. Last season, Mount predominantly played the role of the advanced midfielder, but knowing his off the ball qualities, he’ll be equally effective in a deeper role as well.
The system that won Chelsea the league back in 2017 under Antonio Conte. Frank Lampard has not shied away from turning to the tried and tested 3 at the back system, mainly against a challenging opposition, where pragmatism was important. Defenders like Christensen, Azpilicueta and Rudiger have the experience to play in a back 3, while Marcos Alonso
always cherishes the role of a left wing-back. Due to having more options in attack, one might suspect that this formation won’t be used that much next season, but it can still come in handy in sticky situations.
The likes of Havertz and Werner can switch positions as both are suitable to play through the middle or from out wide. Havertz has shown that he can lead the line well for Bayer Leverkusen near the end of last season and Werner showed why he is devastating coming off the left flank for his former club RB Leipzig.
This is a completely new-look Chelsea attack and one that has the fans very excited. With all the players being extremely versatile, it can be a real selection headache for Lampard, who surely has a plan up his sleeve to get the best out of these players and make Chelsea one of the best attacking sides in Europe.
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