Chelsea starlet Mason Mount epitomises style Lampard is trying to bring to the Blues
MASON MOUNT epitomised the pressing style that boss Frank Lampard is trying to stamp on his young Chelsea team.
The midfielder knows what Lampard wants after working together at Derby last year.
Chelsea pressed in a five-man unit of Pedro, Olivier Giroud, Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante and Mount, who got his reward when he pinched the ball from Wilfred Ndidi and fired in the opener.
But if Mount had not reached the ball then Kante would have done so because the pair pressed so tightly together.
Former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri got stick for playing Jorginho as his holding midfielder in a 4-3-3.
Lampard is doing that too, but the difference is that Chelsea’s full-backs are now tucking in as an extra midfielder when they attack, instead of both going at the same time and leaving Jorginho isolated.
The ferocity of Chelsea’s start caught out Leicester but it is difficult to maintain that for 90 minutes unless you are totally dominating possession.
Manchester City and Liverpool are able to press for the whole game because they always have so much of the ball, but Chelsea had 50 per cent of possession yesterday.
It is vital their experienced players manage the game and know when to dig in, morphing into a 4-1-4-1 when defending.
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Lampard will need time to get across his message and implement his style, but he will be a success.
Leicester showed why they could challenge for a top-six place with their counter-attacking prowess.
You can see the chemistry between James Maddison and Jamie Vardy, while their midfielders can all interchange as part of a talented unit.