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Frank Lampard needs to take own advice after Man Ud embarrass Chelsea at Old Trafford


Frank Lampard needs to take own advice after Man Ud embarrass Chelsea at Old Trafford (Image: GETTY)Positivity overtook previously downbeat Chelsea fans’ emotions in the aftermath of Lampard’s appointment last month but last night it woild have been bitter disappointment. Lampard made it clear earlier this week that he was under no illusions about the attacking style of football that’s come to dominate the English game in the past several years.

“The philosophy question is a difficult one,” he said in midweek. “You get asked it a lot. It gets linked straight to attacking football, and that is not what I am trying to do.“We have to be adaptable. The idea of playing attacking football every week in the Premier League - good luck with that.

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”Against Manchester United on Sunday evening, Lampard’s side looked anything but a team trying to adapt to the opposition’s tactics.Chelsea were outgunned in every department by United as they were made to regret near misses, defensive lapses and a lack of experience during a 4-0 thumping at Old Trafford.

United ultimately put on a counter-attacking masterclass that Chelsea’s defenders couldn’t live with.
Lack of balance was what cost Chelsea the game, and Lampard is likely to understand that. The adv (Image: GETTY)
Lack of balance was what cost Chelsea the game, and Lampard is likely to understand that.

The adv (Image: GETTY)There’s no mistaking what Lampard has had to deal with since he signed a three-year deal with the club he became all-time top goalscorer at.No signings, injuries, transfer-demanding Brazilian defenders and expectant fans are all issues bound to weigh heavy on the shoulders of a man whose previous managerial experience stretched over a single season in the Championship.

But Chelsea failed to show the defensive compactness needed to nick a result at a place like Old Trafford.Andreas Christensen looked like a rabbit in the headlights at times, Kurt Zouma showed poor decision-making, giving away a penalty in the first half, while the usually astute Cesar Azpilicueta lacked leadership.

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Lack of balance was what cost Chelsea the game, and Lampard is likely to understand that.

. The adv (Image: GETTY)Lack of balance was what cost Chelsea the.....


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