Frank Lampard reveals Chelsea tactics ahead of crunch Man Utd showdown | Football | Sport


Lampard was appointed Blues boss earlier in the summer after Maurizio Sarri left for Juventus.

And the former midfielder faces a stern test in his first competitive mach in charge as Chelsea face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Ahead of the game, Lampard has been speaking about how he wants his Chelsea side to set up.

“My big idea is how we train,” Lampard said.

“I want us to train how we want to play, to replicate that, even if I don’t think you can turn the switch on and off when you play.

“I want energy in my team. I want us to have possession of the ball. We have players who have the quality to handle the ball, but I don’t want it for possession’s sake.

“I want us to be an exciting team to watch so we can move the ball through the pitch quickly, and create chances.

“Then of course we have to be an aggressive team off the ball. We have to be a team who teams don’t like playing against because of how hard we work off the ball, and don’t like playing us because we’re really good on the ball. You can always strive for more in both departments.”

Lampard then admitted that it was hard to concede his philosophy was simply attacking-based by stating that it was a tactic hard to get away with in the Premier League.

“The philosophy question is a difficult one. You get asked it a lot. It gets linked straight to attacking football, and that is not what I am trying to do,” he added.

“We have to be adaptable. The idea of playing attacking football every week in the Premier League – good luck with that. It’s tough.

“We need to be able to understand wherever we go in this league you may have to adapt slightly. We need to be ready to do that. It’s not just about can we go and play this free-flowing beautiful football.”

But Lampard is adamant that Chelsea work hard when not in possession, as it’ll help them once they have the ball.

“I mentioned how much I want us to be good off the ball,” Lampard said.

“That’s actually my first call: how fit and how hard we can work without the ball, before talking about what we can do with the ball.

“I do believe in the talent of this squad, and they can play with freedom on the ball, but we must be difficult to play against. Attacking football, defensive football, it’s all the same.”

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