So far this season, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea has done a good job impressing us. They’ve had a good start to the season even with the injuries to some of the key players, somehow that development has been well managed enough to not let it affect the team so much, or well enough for us not to notice the void the injuries have left.
Chelsea is currently fourth in the Premier League table, with eight points behind Liverpool who occupies the first position, two points behind Manchester City in second and on the same points with Leicester City in third, with goal difference separating the two.
If anything, we can assume a top-four finish is almost certain for the Blues, should they continue with their current form although it is still too early in the season to decide that. A slip here and there could see the London side club fall in the table but the chances are highly unlikely with the potential they’ve shown so far.
The initial fear with giving Frank Lampard the job is his inexperience and whether he has the charisma to improve the club, but he has proved beyond a doubt that he is capable and is the right man for the job. It’s safe to say he’s not totally there yet but he has continued to improve, showing that he can get better with time and turn Chelsea into a force to reckon with in Europe.
We are not the only one impressed by the club’s forward movement. Their 2-1 victory against Watford over the weekend – making it their fifth victory in a row in the Premier League – has had people talking about the club’s forward strength. One of those talking is former player and football pundit, Alan Shearer. As seen on Express UK, Shearer spoke about the club’s forward-thinking style of play and how it has made them one of the league’s highest scorers.
“They’re young, vibrant, and energetic and what I like most about them is how they are forward-thinking.
“The forwards know that ball’s coming in. Watch this pass from Jorginho – he looks once there, Tammy Abraham knows it’s coming, Jorginho looks again.
“This is the pass of the season so far, it’s just an incredible pass.
“But Tammy knows that ball’s coming, he’s on his way now and before the defender realizes it, it’s too late, it’s in the back of the net. What a pass, what a finish.
“Same thing again, forward – first thought is forward, can they pass the ball forward to get into the final third?
“Ben Foster was brilliant all game, it would have been six or seven if it wasn’t for him.
“Another chance for Tammy but exactly the same thing again. He doesn’t get on the end of it, [Christian] Pulisic’s pass, but he knows it’s coming and he’s on his way again.
“And that’s the good thing as a centre-forward, you know it’s coming.”
Kovacic in a more natural role
Unlike the time of Sarri, Frank Lampard has read and understood Mateo Kovacic’s game and found a better way to get the best out of him. Now he is being used in a more natural position with tasks that suits his best attributes.
His quick feet and ability to invent gives him the confidence and ability to move the ball into space and be the first to it, making it hard to mark him in spacious areas of the pitch, and turning him into a devastating tool to deploy against a high press.
Chelsea are in a good place right now for a team managed by a manager who hasn’t had many years under his collar. With their current form, they can do and become more. Obviously, there is a lot of room for improvement and the team seem to be using it to their best advantage.