Frank Lampard’s home and away wins over Jose Mourinho a big step in his managerial development
Frank Lampard’s completed the dual. Saturday’s 2-1 win over Tottenham signifies his Chelsea boys would be the first team to beat a side managed by Jose Mourinho house and off in exactly the league year.
Throw for the apprentice against the master in last year’s Carabao Cup win, when Lampard’s Derby knocked Mourinho’s Manchester United out of the competition and the managers’ album is three .
Lampard was keen to downplay the battle between himself and his former Chelsea boss in his post-match press conference but this was a victory. Their competitive approach was too much, Even though Chelsea’s setup might not have caught Tottenham by surprise as it did in December.
This win was a timely one following a worrying series of results.
A longer series of four successes at 14, plus four Premier League games without a win, had witnessed Lampard Chelsea side – struck inconsistency and injuries themselves – squander what had been a commanding advantage in the race for a top-four finish.
When he shot over from Mauricio Pochettino in November Since Mourinho was quick to point from the buildup, Spurs was 12 points adrift of their London rivals. A win at Stamford Bridge could have lifted Spurs above Chelsea at the table. The pressure has been on for Lampard.
It had been a rough beginning to the week having an out of forms Manchester United adding to Chelsea home record on Monday night, even amid a collection of VAR calls for its hosts in Stamford Bridge. That result compacted top-four chasers’ set further.
Suddenly, the leeway Lampard had been afforded with the mitigation of a transport ban, in pre-season, Eden Hazard’s purchase and a remit to build with childhood, felt quite a while ago.
Together with the team falling Lampard was this week made to field questions about the fiscal effect of failing to qualify for the Champions League. Never mind the truth the fourth place position in late February of Chelsea would have been viewed as an accomplishment that is impressive back from the summer, when the talk has been ‘ transition’.
The response of lampard was to alter formation. It was a movement which could easily have been jeopardized when Mourinho disclosed on Friday he was told about Lampard’s plans to switch to some three-man Co -“you do not tell the resources”. However, it had worked for Chelsea this year – most especially at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – and – forced his own set-up to alter.
The other response of lampard was to change employees. There have been four changes from the defeat together with Marcos Alonso Olivier Giroud, Mason Mount and Ross Barkley arriving in.
The end result was emphatic – even if, as Lampard explained a VAR mistake, a late own goal and a few missed chances from Chelsea affected the appearance of the scoreline. Mourinho may have known what was coming but that he could not find a means.
Barkley, which makes his first Premier League start additional pressing energy and pace with all Mount about Giroud. While Mount made twice as many sprints as some of his team-mates (20), the French striker – on his first start since November 30 – handed Chelsea a figurehead to aim for and to play off against Spurs’ deep defence.
Alonso, recalled for the very first time from the Premier League because the reverse osmosis in December, included attacking impetus on the flanks, covering a game-high 11.28km.
It’s credit to such players – goalscorers Giroud and Alonso – after coming in from the cold, which they had such an effect weather. However, Lampard’s use of his squad and capability to accommodate the way his side set up should earn the supervisor plaudits.
All four of the players together for Chelsea goal that is second to underline the point.
A downbeat Mourinho recorded Chelsea’s number of attacking options compared to his own -“zero” – following the game but missed the truth – Lampard includes a 38-year-old in goal, three wingers at the treatment area and his best midfielder, N’Golo Kante, outside wounded too.
Those issues and absences could lead to Chelsea being outdone by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday. But Chelsea are actually back in a controlling position as they want to be eligible for this particular competition next year.
And in a week when Lampard handled the pressure placed upon him, has confronted to managerial brain games and produce solutions to maneuver his side back on course, success over Spurs could be a significant moment from the apprentice’s development.