How Chelsea will change under Frank Lampard

first_imgThe appointment of Frank Lampard as manager of Chelsea was warmly greeted by the fans as a sign that the club might be looking to change their approach to the way the club operates. Ever since the Roman Abramovich era began in 2003, there has been a firing culture at the club. Lampard marks the 16th manager of Chelsea under the Abramovich era, and there will be few fans complaining about the turnaround of managers. Since the Russian’s arrival at the club, they have become one of the most successful sides in England, and have won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League. However, the quick disposal of youth players in something that has begun to irk the Stamford Bridge faithful. Chelsea have let go of the likes of Mohammed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku without giving them a fair crack at excelling at the Bridge. However, the arrival of Lampard is likely to change that.Youth given a chanceLampard’s arrival combined with the transfer embargo hanging over the club meant that it was finally time for Chelsea to give the younger players a chance. The departure of Maurizio Sarri to Juventus following the Europa League success meant that the club needed to act quickly. Lampard was always the fans’ choice, and his reputation of working with younger players at Derby County would have been an overriding factor for his appointment.Mount impressed while on loan at DerbyIn his only professional season in management, he lowered the average age of the Derby squad from over 30 to 26 years old. This isn’t even mentioning the fact that he centred his team around the youngsters of Harry Wilson and Mason Mount, the latter of which was on a season-long loan from the Blues, and looks to be a central figure in Lampard’s fresh approach. The departure of Eden Hazard has also enabled Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi to become the first choice wingers. Lampard will also give Tammy Abraham a chance to establish himself. Change in tacticsThe 4-3-3 system has been commonly used throughout the years at Stamford Bridge by multiple managers, but Lampard has been keen to change that straightaway. The Blues achieved a period of success under Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 formation, but Lampard again has preferred to play with four at the back. But instead of a rotating three in midfield, he has opted for two holding midfielders before playing an attacking three behind a central striker. The 4-2-3-1 formation that he has opted for throughout pre-season was also his go-to tactic last season. According to Total Football Analysis, this formation could see the club finally get the best out of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho in the same team, while he could build on the relationship that has been shown behind Mount and Abraham for the England U21’s. The three behind Abraham will likely be Hudson-Odoi, Mount and Pulisic, and those four could present an awful lot of problems for opposing defences.Kante was used in an attacking role by SarriLampard still has a decision to make regarding his back four. Cesar Azpilicueta will likely remain the club captain and take up the right-back position, but the central options include David Luiz, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori and Antonio Rudiger. Lampard has reiterated throughout the summer that he wants to keep Zouma, which would mean that he has first-team chances. But it will be interesting to see which is his preferred pairing. At left-back there could be an extended run in the team for Emerson; after all Lampard has preferred the Italian over Marcos Alonso throughout pre-season.Realistic targetIt looks unlikely that Chelsea will be able to mount a title challenge, as the club are currently valued at 28/1 to win the Premier League. A more realistic target for the club for their first season under Lampard would be a top-four finish. Compare Your Odds currently have Chelsea at 11/10 to achieve that in 2019-20. However, their start will be crucial to their ambitions. These are their opening five fixtures:• Manchester United (A)• Leicester City (H)• Norwich City (A)• Sheffield United (H)• Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)It isn’t the easiest of starts for the Blues, and fans will know more about how the team will line-up after their opening fixture at Old Trafford. Compare Your Odds put the best odds on Chelsea to beat Manchester United at 4/1. The tools are in place for Lampard to achieve, but it is undoubtedly a gamble considering how the younger players adjust to playing regular first-team football in the Premier League for a club that has higher standards than most.  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? 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All stakeholders should help overcome nation’s problems, says Shiv Nadar at RSS Vijayadasami function

first_imgHCL founder-chairman Shiv Nadar on Tuesday said government alone cannot take the country to the next level, and asked all stakeholders to pitch-in for solving the problems and challenges being faced by the nation. Addressing the Vijayadasami function of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at Reshimbagh ground in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, he urged the private sector, citizens and NGOs to come forward to resolve the challenges. “Government alone cannot take the country to the next level, we need equal involvement from all stakeholders,” said Mr. Nadar, who was the chief guest at the Sangh’s annual Dussehra event this year. “The country faces many challenges, but the government alone cannot solve the problems. Private sector, citizens, NGOs must also contribute to overcome these challenges,” he said. Delving on the significance of Dussehra festival, which symbolises the victory of good over evil, he said it is a constant struggle to defeat the “evil within and outside”. “Dussehra celebrates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana, dharma over adharma…good over evil. The mythic win of good over evil is never absolute, never complete. It’s a continuous struggle to defeat the evil within and outside,” Mr. Nadar said. Wishing everybody on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadasami, he said, “I am honoured and privileged to be invited to speak to you today and join in the celebrations. The Reshimbagh ground has truly come alive today with the energy of all the RSS workers.” In the morning, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat performed ’shastra puja’ at the Sangh’s annual Vijayadasami event in Nagpur. Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Gen V K Singh (retd) and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were among those present at the event. Besides Mr. Nadar, Ratan Tata, Rahul Bajaj and Azim Premji are among India Inc. bigwigs to have earlier visited the RSS headquarters.last_img read more