Can Frank Lampard bring the passion back to Stamford Bridge?

Chelsea suffer 4-0 loss to Manchester United

Overcome with ‘blues’, Frank Lampard encourages his players to maintain perspective after their loss to Manchester United.

The man, the ‘legend’ Frank Lampard and his Chelsea players came out of an unfortunate Premier League opening. The Blues lost 4-0 to their northern rivals, Manchester United at Old Trafford and currently sit one from the bottom on the league table.

Although the majority of Chelsea’s fanbase are giving him a free hall pass, ex-Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho questioned and criticised the ex-midfielder’s strategy. Mourinho accused the new Chelsea team as being too “soft” and that Lampard was naïve to leave more experienced players on the bench or out of play.

Frank fired back by stating: “Well, I can’t drag players out of the medical room to play if they are experienced or not, so these are the players that played in a game that we were clearly the better team for 45-60 minutes.”

In the first half The Blues dominated and looked the better team, narrowly missing out on two goals. Kurt Zouma did make a couple of crucial mistakes, fouling Marcus Rashford in the penalty box. It gave Man United their first goal and put the Red Devils out in front.

In the second-half the goals flowed for the Red Devils, who were creating destructive play. Former Chelsea player, Gianfranco Zola seemed to think that Chelsea lacked balance, especially in their defence and that they will need to drastically improve upon that should they want to advance through the league table and be perceived as a top-of-the-table threat.

Eden Hazard on the pitchPerhaps though, the Blues were at a disadvantage in their opening game as the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger were unable to play. We should also remember that Chelsea have been hit with a transfer embargo, sold David Luiz to rivals Arsenal at the last minute and star-player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. The Blues had to rely on their less experienced, younger players who are having to adapt to top-flight football very quickly.

It’s a shame that Chelsea faced such a heavy loss as in play it was evident that elements of a strong team were there. Lampard did account for the fact he was missing key players and was humble enough to let the press know that he wasn’t using that as an excuse but instead stated that there was much to learn from their 4-0 defeat.

In the end Man United’s ruthlessness got the better of Chelsea and as Roman Abramovich isn’t one to give managers time to cultivate a successful team, Frank Lampard will have to produce results quickly.

On Sunday 18th August, Chelsea will face Leicester City, who have also lost one of their most crucial players, Harry Maguire, to Manchester United for a world-record signing of £80m. This hasn’t seemed to faze Leicester who are aiming to break into the Premier League’s top six and with new additions Youri Tielemans, Ayoze Perez, Dennis Praet and James Justin it seems possible. The hosts seem very comfortable under Brendan Rodgers and the odds are leaning towards The Foxes, especially with the Blues competing for the UEFA Super Cup just a few days before this match, Chelsea players might struggle with fatigue.

But there’s no doubt Chelsea could make an epic comeback!

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