Frank Lampard begins the 2020/21 season with one aim – the League title. Chelsea has few things to deal with before the end of the transfer window.
Chelsea will begin their season against relatively easier opponents Brighton Hove Albion. But Lampard will be careful to not be very complacent. Bielsa’s Leeds almost humbled the defending champions in the opening game itself.
The Blues are still in action for more signings. Chelsea’s director has assured Lampard that he is going to have what he needs. Unfortunately, given the club’s history with recent managers, the only thing at risk remains Lampard’s job security.
As the season begins with the rivals getting early wins, there will be an obvious pressure on Chelsea. Talking about future plans and transfers, Frank told Sky Sports, “We have to have different versions of plans going forward in terms of how it looks”.
Chelsea arrivals and exits
Stamford Bridge suffered a transfer ban which limited the club’s transfer plans for long. But when the floodgates opened, the players bought in a single-window has looked just extraordinary. They have signed six players already and are chasing a few more.
Frank wants Declan Rice and a goalkeeper at Chelsea. Though the team bought Kepa for a record fee, he has clearly fallen out of favor in just two seasons. Attempts for Oblak got over after their Havertz transfer and the club has made breakthrough talks with Rennes goalkeeper Edouard, as per Fabrizio Romano.
Edouard’s deal, it happens, will almost force the Spanish goalkeeper out of the club – either on loan on a permanent transfer. However, the other exits are getting a bit challenging as Inter /Milan no longer wants Chelsea outcast, Emerson Palmieri.
Another problem with so many arrivals is the fate of the youngsters already in the team, ex – Callum Hudson-Odoi. The Englishman may be the first Blue to contract coronavirus, but he is back, fit, and running. However, given the current squad, he is most likely to be loaned out.
Probable squad plans against Brighton
Chelsea may begin their season easy, but they have their second fixture against champions Liverpool. As a result, Lampard will try to save his best lot for the Liverpool match, playing youngsters, and the back-ups.
Defense: In spite of bringing in Chilwell, Silva, and Sarr, Lampard will look to stick with his old conventional back defenders Zouma, Rudiger, Alonso, and Reece James. Thiago Silva may play as a substitute to add solidarity in the case of an early lead by Chelsea.
Midfield: Chelsea has got serious competition in this area. With Jorginho shining for Italy in the Nations’ League, he is most likely to start along with Mason Mount and Matteo Kovacic. Barkley and Gilmour can later get in to exploit the opposition’s fatigue later in the game.
Attack: This is one are where Lampard may flaunt his strongest set – Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, and Kai Havertz. Instead of Havertz, Pulisic may just start, but Frank may not risk one of his most clinical wingers before a match against Liverpool.
As the club continues being the busiest English club in the summer, Lampard knows changes are inevitable. Be it the squad roles, game time, or dressing room management. It is now that Lampard will be tested the most as a manager.