Chelsea are still in-dangered using the 4-1-4-1 formation with Frank Lampard although hoping for a win in Leicester City clash
Chelsea hope to continue their winning return as they prepare to battle Leicester City on Tuesday after 1-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday.
The Stamford Bridge side just returned with two wins after suffering several loses which sparked off Frank Lampard’s sack talks.
Many proofs are already pointing to Lampard’s formation as having deadly loopholes that could tear down Chelsea against any attacking minded team.
Taking a look at the Fulham match, similar faults were found in the Manchester City match when Chelsea lost 3-1.
How Chelsea 4-1-4-1 formation affects them badly
Frank Lampard has shown to be an attacking minded manager from his play pattern.
Signing mostly attackers and few defenders, Chelsea straight into the 2020/2021 season with the motive of netting more goals that any other side in the league.
With 12 goals difference, Chelsea are still 4 goals behind meeting Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City’s 16 goal difference.
Chelsea have scored 33 goals but unfortunately conceding 21 due to their defensive leaks.
Jorginho Outnumbered in the center when Chelsea was out of possession
Like seen in the image above, Chelsea’s 4-1-4-1 formation creates troubles for the defensive midfielder.
Just like the Fulham match, Jorginho was pictured outnumbered by Fulham men when the Home Team gained possession of the ball.
Any attacking minded team could cause huge havoc using this slight chance.
Outnumber Jorginho and take control of their center half.
The diagram above explains how City exploited the overload tool to flush out Chelsea players from the center, creating an easy passage to the defense.
Switching to a 4-2-3-1 formation could help solve this issue as Chelsea would have two defensive midfielders and in turn reduce chances of conceding goals.
As it stands, beating Frank Lampard’s team is a very easy one for any pro manager who can read the game well.
Thiago Silva easily lured out in attempt to come mark the ball
Now, let’s take a closer look at this, once this defensive midfielder is out numbered, the tension is created for Chelsea both tactically and psychological
This tension/fear would then lure Thiago Silva out from the back line to come help Jorginho or any other player in the defensive center role, reducing the defenders to 3 as Silva now playing the role of a Midfielder.
As you can now see, Silva is out, ‘Golden’ space is created for any good winger to outrun the right back who won’t at first know where the pass is to be channeled at.
A good left winger will out run the defender while also trying to cut into the space to pick the ball and channel for a cheap cross or possibly fire direct at the keeper.
Also in the City game, Bruyne steps out, drags Silva along and creates that space for Gundogan to move in.
Now next bad thing happens, Silva is eliminated, Kante eliminated, Chilwell eliminated, Kovacic and Mount eliminated also.
Leaving two defenders to three ‘deadly’ attackers, not just any attackers but Deadly attackers who could convert 7/10 of their chances.
Assuming there was a supporter in the defensive part of center, Silva won’t be drawn out to come help in the center..
Considering these things Blues need to be careful in the center during the Leicester game as that could cause problems just as usual.
According to the words of Norman, “The best way to deal with this situation is to have a compact defensive shape. Narrow the distance in b/w your lines & that way you take out the spaces that the false-9 likes to exploit.”