I think it goes without saying that Chelsea were poor last night. Particularly in a defensive capacity. It isn’t the first time this season that the back-four have come under fire due to a lack of concentration; a mistake or two, or simply lack of organisation.
Long-term it goes without saying that Chelsea will need to invest. Whether it be a new goalkeeper to replace the inconsistent performances of Kepa Arrizabalaga, a new left back to replace Marcos Alonso, or a domineering centre-back to bully strikers, there will surely be changes before next season starts.
In the meantime, there’s still this season to finish. Top-four, and FA Cup glory are still a realistic achievement. But with the current set-up more mistakes are likely. So how can Lampard change things?
Moving Cesar Azpilicueta to left-back, and playing Reece James on the right is a possibility. Of course Emerson Palmieri is also an option for the role on the left. Fikayo Tomori, and Kurt Zouma are other options in the centre. As far as the goalkeeping situation is concerned, Lampard could call upon Willy Caballero again.
For me the best option is a change of system. Kepa struggles to show any confidence when claiming the ball inside his six-yard box. One way the defensive problems could be repaired is by switching to three centre-backs. Maybe even with Azpilicueta as one of them. A role he played successfully under Antonio Conte.
Marcos Alonso is not a left-back in my opinion. He’s a wing-back. His attacking abilty is a plus to his game. Reece James could show his abilty by playing the same role on the right. The downside is you have to sacrifice a midfielder to play that system. But Alonso and James could offer a great deal of width, so not to hamper our attacking abilty.
We are now at the business end of the season. A time when Frank Lampard will be have his work cut out. It’s over to you Frank, do what you think is best. Keep the Blue Flag Flying High.