Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has suggested Antonio Conte to use the same tactics which helped Chelsea beat Barcelona back in 2012.
The last 16 tie between Barcelona and Chelsea is evenly poised after the 1-1 draw at the Stamford Bridge. The Blues can once again shock the Catalans in their own backyards on Wednesday in the second leg. Chelsea’s midfielder on 2012’s historic night, Frank Lampard has a word of advice for Antonio Conte.
Repeating the History, Literally:
In his column for Evening Standard, the Englishman suggested Conte to drop the false 9 tactics which he used in the first leg. The midfielder wants the Italian to go back to more orthodox line-up with Alvaro Morata as an out an out striker.
“It is for big occasions like this that Chelsea bought Morata from Real Madrid for £58m last summer in the first place.”
“There is obviously a question over whether Coach Antonio Conte will play with a striker or revert back to the false nine he used in the first leg.”
“I would certainly consider picking Morata to lead the line with Eden Hazard and Willian behind. The striker has to play better than he has done in recent weeks. He needs to be physically stronger and hold the ball up more. He has the physical attributes and technical ability to do this.”
Chelsea legend also compared Morata to Torres from 2012. The then Chelsea striker scored a goal in injury time to secure their place in the final.
“What Fernando Torres did in 2012 shows what a recognized striker can give you against Barcelona. There is that opportunity to play balls over the top to get out.”
Morata has failed to live up to the expectations of Antonio Conte since arriving from Real Madrid in the summer. The Spaniard has scored just one goal in six Champions League appearances.
Looking at Hazard in the false 9 position, Conte should definitely go back to his regular formation. An out an out striker with Hazard and Willian just behind him can cause all sorts of trouble for Barca defense on the counter-attack. But will Morata be able to repeat Torres’s heroics from 2012? He doesn’t look in that form right now and Chelsea does not look like a side that can beat Barcelona either. But as they say in football, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings”