The Chelsea revolution is underway!
Frank Lampard’s new look Chelsea facet began the brand new season on the proper foot with a 3-1 victory over Graham Potter’s Brighton final night time, with defenders Reece James and Kurt Zouma amongst the targets. It wasn’t a completely convincing efficiency, with Brighton arguably dominating a lot of the primary half and parts of the second and this efficiency will definitely have left Chelsea followers with questions concerning some fan favorite gamers and whether or not they have the standard to be part of a title problem within the close to future.
The New Youngsters on the Block
Making their debuts on this recreation had been new big-money signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, with Werner beginning in his most popular striker position and Havertz being deployed off the proper hand facet as a result of notable absence of Hakim Ziyech, the place he definitely put in a largely subdued efficiency. Regardless of Werner not getting on the scoresheet, his vitality and urgent actually impressed me and I believe he’ll once more show he’s one in every of Europe’s main marksmen this season.
Havertz and Werner have fun with the teamTactical Evaluation
Lampard additionally experimented with a brand new formation, setting Chelsea out in what appeared to be a variation between a 4231 and a 4222 with a purpose to alter to a rising harm listing. The tactical setup noticed Werner enjoying as a false 9 with one in every of Havertz, Mount and Loftus Cheek rotating in entrance of Werner to carry up the ball and provides Werner house to run in behind. This was largely ineffective. Loftus-Cheek was extraordinarily poor, he gave the ball away far too simply, regarded torpid and admittedly a shadow of his former self. It’s frequent information that Ruben suffered one of many worst accidents in soccer, a ruptured achilles, which saved him out for almost all of final season and so its pure that he’ll want time to get again up to the mark within the Premier League. If there’s one factor nonetheless that the trendy footballer doesn’t have the luxurious of nonetheless sadly, it’s time. Many will write off Loftus-Cheek’s expertise and credentials after one poor efficiency, such is the character of the trendy recreation, whereas Chelsea followers know that with time and persistence Ruben may simply recapture the spellbinding type he discovered underneath Sarri simply two seasons in the past.
Man of the Second
The standout performer within the match nonetheless was by far and away Reece James, who rocketed a strike into the highest nook in addition to aiding Zouma from a nook to make it 3-1 at an important stage within the match. Since he burst onto the scene final season, Reece has in my eyes matured vastly as a participant, and this efficiency completely encapsulated this. He regarded snug on the ball, robust within the deal with in addition to bodily dominant within the air and this efficiency actually confirmed how Lampard has helped take Reece’s recreation to the following degree. Regardless of being linked with a transfer away final season, if he is ready to preserve this degree of efficiency persistently I truthfully wouldn’t be stunned to see Reece James made Chelsea’s subsequent captain within the close to future as I imagine he has the management qualities essential to fulfil this position excellently.
The primary takeaway from this recreation for me nonetheless was that Chelsea had been capable of win with out enjoying on the prime of their recreation. Too typically final season, you felt that Chelsea must put in a 9/10 efficiency to get a consequence towards one of many decrease sides, however the truth that they ran out winners regardless of enjoying poorly for giant elements is for me an enormous optimistic. Let’s not overlook Chelsea nonetheless have a lot of gamers to return again from harm and begin on this staff, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell in addition to Thiago Silva and Kovacic, all of whom will elevate this staff. Chelsea’s means to win ugly is likely one of the many traits that champions possess within the Premier League, whether or not that may materialise we should wait and see.