Chelsea had a very convincing 3-0 win over Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, and it came after a formation switch from Frank Lampard.
After Lampard made the in-game switch of formation that saw a bland Chelsea go on to score 3 more goals against Krasnodar in midweek, he decided to go with that same formation from the off at the weekend, and it worked wonders.
The Blues boss lined up in a 4-3-3 using just one holding midfielder rather than two, which is what he had been using in the 4-2-3-1.
Chelsea played very well collectively and there was not a bad performance on the pitch, but in this formation the whole setup just looked a lot more comfortable, balanced, and suited to the players he selected.
N’Golo Kante was excellent in the defensive midfield role, and Kai Havertz and Mason Mount were equally as impressive as the two number eights.
As reported by Goal, Lampard was very pleased with the setup.
“It is very normal when you miss pre-season and you are looking for those tweaks in formation at the start of the season. Now, we are playing in a slightly different way and there have been a number of positives. That doesn’t mean that we can’t change back.
“It is great to see what it did for Kai and Mason in bringing those attributes from what we regard as really offensive players but they also have the energy and desire to cover ground to help the team.
“They then pick the ball up and can be dangerous when they arrive high [up the pitch], they are both things that Kai and Mason have. Again, it is through the balance of the team and working on that but I am really impressed with the humility of those two to do both sides of the number eight role.
“That’s what I want from the players that play when it is two number eights. I want them to help build offensively, join, help build, make assists and get goals. They both did it today.
“I liked the balance of the midfield. N’Golo Kante was fantastic behind Mason and Kai and there was a fluidity about it where they drop out and get on the ball in deeper areas and provide for others. There was a lot of energy in that midfield as well as quality