Frank Lampard has been no stranger to tweaking his Chelsea side in search of the right formula and he looks to have finally found it.
After successfully navigating a transfer ban with a vastly inexperienced squad where he managed to secure Champions League football for the Blues, the ex-Chelsea midfielder didn’t hold back in the transfer market as he made a total of seven new first-team additions.
With twenty minutes to go in last Wednesday’s Champions League tie at Krasnodar, Frank Lampard substituted both Jorginho and Kovacic. Mount and Kante came on to replace the midfield duo and Chelsea switched to a 4-3-3 system with Mount and Havertz either side of Ngolo Kante in midfield.
Up to that point, Chelsea were in a familiar position. For all their possession on the night, they had only a goal to show for it and in all fairness, it was a gift from the opposing goalkeeper.
What followed was three goals in twenty minutes as Frank Lampard’s men upped the ante in the final quarter of the game. It was no surprise to see the Chelsea manager elect to stick with the same setup that finished the game in Russia for yesterday’s game at Burnley.
It was another dominant display on all ends for Chelsea as they scored three goals while Edouard Mendy did not have to make a single save en route his fifth consecutive shutout.
In the last two hours of football with Kante sitting in between Mount and Havertz as a lone defensive midfielder, Chelsea have scored six unreplied goals and may have finally found their best setup.
Yesterday swashbuckling display at Burnley also featured all of Frank Lampard’s new signings except for Malang Sarr, who is currently on loan at Porto.
Frank Lampard may still have several issues to resolve if he’s to replicate the success he had as a player in his managerial career but identifying his best team looks to be out of that list.