Frank Lampard has officially begun his reign as Chelsea boss after being confirmed as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement on Thursday. The former England international will definitely look to infuse his own style of play on the Blues.
Therefore, we can’t help but say a big goodbye to Sarriball at Stamford Bridge.
Maurizio Sarri’s style of play placed emphasis on building from the back, with short passes, looking to exploit gaps in the opposition midfield and defense.
This was not easily accomplished in Sarri’s only season with a team that relied heavily on defensive football and hitting on the counter after soaking opposition pressure in the past.
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It is expected that Frank Lampard will do away with the system of play and look to adopt a more direct approach as seen in his time at Derby County.
Frank Lampard’s job shouldn’t be much stressful as the Blues are now used to keeping the ball and playing the passing game, compared to what was attainable before Maurizio Sarri’s time. All thanks to Sarriball.
Regardless, he has huge boots to fill and a large task at hand. A new look Chelsea team and style of play is expected under Lampard and hopefully, it’s worthwhile and brings success to the club.
The transfer ban will force Lampard to consider the youngsters at the club as well as the loan returnees who have almost been forgotten. One of such is Michy Batshuayi who will definitely complement the Blues’ striking force if he remains with Chelsea beyond this summer.
The midfield places might also need some reshuffling, and we wait to see how Jorginho copes under a new manager, whose style of football may not be to the advantage of his skill set or rely on his abilities, in comparison to Sarriball.
Hopefully, the Blues will adapt quickly to Frank Lampard’s system and hit the ground running, starting from the pre-season fixtures to the 2019/20 Premier League MatchDay 1 visit to Old Trafford to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United.