Frank Lampard laments Chelsea’s loss of control after rampant. “It’s the stuff of dreams,” Frank Lampard said after his first game as Chelsea head coach at Stamford Bridge. “But I am here to win.” And it is now three games without a win for Lampard and the harsh reality is that against an impressive Leicester City they were not good enough; they were not the stuff of dreams.
Frank Lampard We need to be tougher and have game management.
He added and after a “first patch” of 25 minutes in which they utterly dominant they were Prediksi HK left hanging on in front of their own supporters with Lampard also acknowledging the exasperation. “If there were frustrations in the crowd there were frustrations on the bench and in the team. We want to do well,” he argued. “There are some tough elements to this year.”
It could, certainly, be a testing season at Chelsea but certainly not a dull one. There will not be many goalless draws with Lampard committed to attack as well as youth but having to find the formula to see through games such as this and against sides such as Leicester who, not unreasonably, eye them as catchable this campaign. Right now Lampard is even open to the accusation of being a naïve manager while there was a sign of the pressure he is feeling when he said he had not been given the chance to bring in players because of the Fifa transfer ban.
On this evidence Leicester and Brendan Rodgers have every right to feel optimistic with James Maddison creating chance after chance but spurning the best of all – skying a shot high over the cross-bar – as a carnival atmosphere was transformed into something far more fraught. “We should have won it,” Rodgers said and that was not a boast.
Chelsea have a point from their opening two league games after losing 4-0 away to Manchester United last Sunday.
The hapless Avram Grant was the last manager not to win either of his first two league fixtures – sandwiched by the taxing Uefa Super Cup trip in Istanbul which went to extra-time and penalties and evidently took something out of them, as it had done Liverpool, as they struggled long before the end.
“It’s a results business, clearly,” Lampard added. “It’s strange because the performance against Manchester United made me happier than today’s and certainly that against Liverpool. But we need both.”
And quickly, just to appease any concern even if – and this is under Frank Lampard after all so nothing can be taken for granted – they surely have to give him as much time as possible and share the belief that he has in young players such as Mason Mount.
It felt like the 20-year-old would be the story. “Welcome home Super Frank” read the huge banner that was passed along the Shed End prior to kick off and it was appropriate that Mount, a goal-scoring midfielder, made his mark in his full Premier League debut for the club he first trained with aged just six and came through the academy.
Lampard has faith in Mount in a way that none of his predecessors in the Roman Abramovich years has encouraged youth and there was an early dividend when he was sharp to pounce, dispossessing
Wilfried Ndidi as he dawdled with ball on the edge of his own penalty area. Mount took it off him and managed to get a low shot away before he was tackled that swept across Kasper Schmeichel and into the corner of the goal.
Lampard turned and punched the air three times in celebration. In scoring Mount became the first English player to do so for Chelsea under an English manager.
since Dennis Wise against Blackburn under Glenn Hoddle in 1996 and it capped a fast and furious start. On 40 seconds Pedro had volleyed into the side-netting from Oliver Giroud’s chested pass. On 100 seconds Schmeichel was forced into a double save as he denied Mount and then prevented Christian Pulisic from striking with the follow up.
Seven minutes they scored and there was another chance, a low shot by N’Golo Kante that was crucially deflected narrowly wide by Christian Fuchs, but after what Rodgers acknowledged had been a “tough start” with the crowd’s reaction “feeding into the players” the momentum switched and did so dramatically in the second-half when Maddison got closer to Jamie Vardy and Chelsea struggled.
Maddison dominated and this is where, maybe, continuing using Kante in an advanced midfield position was not working for Chelsea with Jorginho unable to snuff out the danger. There were warning signs and then there was a goal and redemption for Ndidi.
It came as Fuchs, who had a storming second-half from left-back with Ben Chilwell injured, surged forward and won a corner which Maddison took. Ndidi rose easily between Cesar Azpilicueta and Kurt Zouma to plant a header into the net. What would be Chelsea’s response? Lampard made changes but they wilted even more and the fear with the lack of a focus to their attack again realised. The ball was coming back at them too quickly with Caglar Soyuncu, at the heart of Leicester’s defence, proving to be a sound Harry Maguire replacement.
And when Maddison had the chance to score, 10 yards out, he steadied himself before fired over.
It did not faze the midfielder who sent Vardy clear with a clever reverse pass only for the striker to shoot. Across goal before Kepa Arrizabalaga beat out a fierce drive by Youri Tielemans with the final whistle coming as a relief to Chelsea.
“The first patch was how we want to play and the rest of the game was not quite how we want to play,” Lampard reasoned. “We were not good enough in possession… It (the reception) felt great. Obviously it was a special moment for me. It’s the stuff of dreams and the fans were great and I appreciate that but I am here to win for the club and we can do better than we did.” Having spent 13 years at Chelsea Lampard knows, whatever the goodwill towards him, they have to do better.