Chelsea lost their opening Premier League encounter to Manchester United at Old Trafford and Frank Lampard has a lot of work to do.
While Chelsea did show some promise in their first game of the new season against Manchester United, the Blues are some way away from becoming genuine top 4 contenders.
The arrival of Frank Lampard may have signaled the winds of change at Stamford Bridge but the defeat to Manchester United laid bare the deficiencies this squad has. A young team was fielded by Lampard against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men and while they started well, the Blues eventually were unable to force the issue against a more clinical United side.
Frank Lampard needs the senior players back
While the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and others did show promising sign, it was clear that the Chelsea youngsters don’t have enough experience to take the initiative. The likes of Willian would add more experience to the starting XI and once the Brazilian returns, there would definitely be a more clinical edge to the team.
Olivier Giroud might also have done better had he started the game and the Frenchman might get a chance to start the next game ahead of Abraham.
Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic need to start together
There was a feeling that Chelsea were a little light down the flanks. Initially, Ross Barkley was fielded down the left flank ahead of new signing Christian Pulisic. The American international is going to take his time settling into English football.
However, once he does that, the former Borussia Dortmund man is going to prove to be a real star. Callum Hudson-Odoi is currently out injured. Once he comes back, Chelsea will have a really talented winger down the right side of attack.
The two youngster on either side of the flanks is going to make Chelsea a really strong outfit. Once that happens, Frank Lampard will have a great dynamic added to his starting XI.
Kurt Zouma needs to learn….quickly
While Lampard has given him another chance to save his Chelsea career, Zouma didn’t really take the chance. The Frenchman started the game alongside Andreas Christensen and should have done better with the way he tackled Marcus Rashford inside his own box.
The former AS Saint-Etienne man was too rash in his challenges and decision making and didn’t have a great night out. If he wants to make sure that his Chelsea career isn’t ruined, Zouma needs to quickly adapt.
While he was in great for last season for Everton, Zouma could struggle at Chelsea based on his performance at Old Trafford.
This also gives credence to many people feeling that selling David Luiz to Arsenal might have been the wrong call. Granted that the Brazilian can be maverick at times, Luiz’s presence added experience to a team that is looking at youthful exuberance to survive what could be a really long road ahead in the 2019/20 campaign for Chelsea.
With Champions League football on the horizon, problems needs to be fixed quickly given how the downward spiral can spread across the dressing room.