• Pierce O'Malley

Super Frank needs to return to winning ways

Chelsea faces off against Manchester City on January 3rd and needs to put on a strong performance for the fans and for the players themselves. Chelsea lost 3-1 to an awful Arsenal side that has now seemed to find some better form and then drew 1-1 to a decent Aston Villa team that is a lot weaker than The Blues on paper.

Frank Lampard and his players take on Manchester City at home and cannot settle for a draw. Pep Guardiola is missing Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson, and possibly one more City player with rumors that Benjamin Mendy had broken lockdown rules on New Year's Eve. With those three players out the Blues must take advantage of the situation at hand and put on a strong performance. If they get battered say, 3-0 or 4-0 then serious questions need to be asked in and around the club if Frank Lampard is suited for the role as Chelsea manager. However, if Chelsea walks away with a 2-2 draw or a 2-1 win then we Chelsea fans can look at the last two results as dips in form.

Yes, I think a large majority of Chelsea fans have their doubts in Frank Lampard, myself included, but as fans, we need to back the manager until signs are shown that they are not capable to continue any longer. Frank Lampard needs to set up a strong starting eleven tomorrow that will make the fans happy but also bring in a result.

My predicted starting XI for tomorrow is:

Having a front three of Pulisic, Werner, and Hudson-Odoi will be a perfect combination of speed, creativity, and counter-attacking football that will be needed to break down City's defense. Last season, Manchester City's defense was their weakness, now it's one of their strongest areas on the field and speed is the only way to get past them.

A midfield of Kante, Kovacic, and Mount will allow strong defensive work from all three midfielders but also excellent transition play when looking to get forward. It is also interesting to note that Mason Mount has started to take more shots from long range in the last few games against Arsenal and Aston Villa, so having that in Chelsea's attacking array is an important asset that needs to be utilized.

With Reece James out of the starting XI, it requires Azpilicueta to fill in for the brilliant youngster. Having Chilwell, Silva, Zouma, and Azpilicueta start is going to be very important to break down any balls in the air as well as on the flanks with Chilwell and Azpilicueta covering the wings to perfection.

The rest of my take on the Chelsea vs Manchester City fixture can be found on our Spotify channel where I dive a little deeper into how Chelsea should setup.

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